Last month, a grand jury indicted the habitual and pathological liar, Congressman George Santos (Liar-NY), on 13 federal criminal charges, including counts of wire fraud and money laundering; he pleaded not guilty. Three people came forward and posted Santos’ $500,000 bond after his arraignment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Now, Mr. Santos has requested the court seal the identity of these individuals.
Originally, several media organizations in two separate requests asked for the court to unseal the names, arguing that there is a public right to access the records. Of course, Santos’ attorney has flipped their request and argued the court should not reveal their identities because it would create a ‘media frenzy. Santos’ attorney, Joseph Murray, also argued that would rather be detained ahead of his trial than allow his bail sponsors’ names to become public.