A Brooklyn federal judge has decided that the jury for the upcoming racketeering trial against reputed TF Mafia leaders Michael Garrett and Paul Rivera will be anonymous and partially sequestered according to a ruling in the case. The government alleged "that both defendants, as well as their associates, 'have taken steps to intimidate and/or tamper with witnesses in this case,'" and District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto concluded "there is 'strong reason' to protect the jury in this case." Accordingly, the jurors' names, addresses and employers will not be disclosed, and "the court will direct the United States Marshals Service to escort empaneled jurors between the courthouse and a central undisclosed location each day and at all times during recesses."
The two defendants are charged with, among other things, drug trafficking, child prostitution and murder conspiracy. By the way, the acronym "TF" stands for "Together Forever." How sweet.
Apparently Garrett, a so-called "rapper," once hired a production crew to film a drug deal as previously reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "Garrett's lawyer James Lisa said his client's posturing on the tape is part of his rapper persona and nothing more."
Jury selection begins on April 20.