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After hearing from media lawyers seeking release of the jurors' names Thursday, Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry said he will not release the names until a "cooling off" period has expired.
It's not clear how long the cooling off period will be, but some suggested seven to 10 days. Perry should issue an order on the matter next week.
But before hinting at his ruling, Perry made it clear he was reluctant to release the names because many people are angered by the outcome of the trial.
"It's no big secret that some people disagree with their verdict and some people would like to take something out on them," said Perry, adding that some of the jurors want to be left alone now that their service is done. "That's where I found myself in a quandary…Is that right to privacy totally a wash?"
He spoke at length about the changing face of society and journalism, but he was particularly worried about potential attacks. Later, he said, "Jurors are not supposed to make decisions on popularity or public opinion polls."
Several news organizations, including the Orlando Sentinel, were in court arguing for the release of the juror names.