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Trump’s Protest Calls Lead to Anonymous Jury in Rape Trial

  • Judge rules jurors must be protected in E. Jean Carroll’s case
  • Protections more common in organized crime, terror trials
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Donald Trump’s habit of calling for protests against his detractors warrants the use of a rare anonymous jury at the trial next month of civil sexual-assault claims brought against the former president by New York author E. Jean Carroll, a judge ruled.

Keeping the names of jurors secret — more common in cases over organized crime and terrorism — is necessary to prevent “harassment or worse” by Trump supporters, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said in a ruling Thursday. The judge cited Trump’s call last week for protests against what the former president described as his imminent arrest in a separate case by the Manhattan district attorney, urging his supporters to “take our country back.”