11:53 a.m. ET, November 20, 2023
Judges concerned about potential doxing of jurors resulting from Trump speech
by Devan Cole of CNN
The justices on Monday raised the possibility that jurors in the case were targets of online doxxing following former President Donald Trump’s speech.
“Is there a way to preemptively protect someone’s technology?” Let’s say I’m a potential juror, can I be technologically protected from doxxing? » Circuit Judge Patricia Millett asked at one point a lawyer from the special counsel’s office.
“Because we have — as you understand — the problem of the word of the accused, and that then has repercussions on the zeal of the loyalists, and that is then, you know, what provokes direct efforts of threatening and harassing individuals,” she said.
Assistant Special Counsel Cecil Woods VanDevender said he was not aware of any technological tools that would mitigate the problem “at the source.”
The potential issue of online threats directed at jurors following Trump’s speech was a recurring topic during Monday’s hearing on the gag order against him, and that could factor into the decision judges’ final decision as to whether they will approve or not. restrictions imposed by a lower court.