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Lawyers Select 12 Jurors to Serve in Trump's N.Y. Criminal Case

Thursday, 18 April 2024 04:51 PM EDT

Lawyers in Donald Trump's historic criminal trial on Thursday selected 12 jurors who will assess his guilt or innocence over the coming weeks in a case stemming from a hush-money payment to a porn star.

Lawyers for the defense and the prosecution still must select alternate jurors for the trial, the first ever in which a former U.S. president is the defendant. At the time of publication at least one alternate of the six needed had already been tapped. Those jurors were all sworn in, while remaining alternates are to be chosen on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the judge overseeing the trial dismissed a juror who said she felt intimidated that some personal information was made public.

Justice Juan Merchan also excused another juror after prosecutors said he may not have disclosed prior brushes with the law.

Trump's outsized public presence created unique problems during the jury selection process, which started on Monday.

Roughly half of the first 196 jurors screened in heavily Democratic Manhattan were been dismissed after saying they could not impartially assess the Republican politician's guilt or innocence.

Trump's criticism of witnesses, prosecutors, the judge and their relatives in this case and others has also sparked concerns about harassment, prompting Merchan to impose a partial gag order.

Merchan dismissed the juror who said she felt intimidated after family, friends and colleagues had deduced that she had been selected for the trial.

"I don't believe at this point that I can be fair and unbiased, and let the outside influences not affect my decision-making in the courtroom," the juror said.

Trump, the Republican presidential candidate in the Nov. 5 election, also faces criminal cases in Washington, Georgia and Florida, but the New York case is the only one certain to go to trial this year. Officials involved in those cases have reported receiving death threats and harassment after being criticized by Trump.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in all four cases and has said, without evidence, that they are part of a broad-ranging effort by allies of Democratic President Joe Biden to hobble his candidacy.

A conviction would not bar him from taking office.

Newsmax contributed to this report.

© 2024 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


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