7 Jurors Seated in Trump Trial, Judge Warns Ex-President on Remarks

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Seven Manhattan residents, including a salesman, nurse, two lawyers, an IT consultant, a teacher, and a software engineer were chosen for the jury in Donald Trump’s criminal trial. The screening process for the jurors, who ranged from young to middle-aged, involved questions about their backgrounds and their opinion of the former president. The trial is related to “hush money” payments his attorney made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.


Manhattan Residents Selected for Trump’s Criminal Trial Jury

Seven residents of Manhattan have been chosen for the jury in former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial with lawyers from both sides debating over potential jurors. The jurors, initially anonymous and identified only by letters and numbers, include four men and three women of varying ages and professions.

Jury Composition

The jury comprises of a salesman, a nurse, two lawyers, an IT consultant, a teacher, and a software engineer. Three members hail from Ireland, Oregon, and Puerto Rico. All jurors answered questions about their personal backgrounds and views of Trump prior to selection for this high-profile trial.

Juror’s Statements

During the selection process, one juror, a nurse, insisted that she had no strong opinions about the former president and was there to fulfill her civic duties. Another juror, an IT consultant, found Trump “fascinating and mysterious.” A teacher on the jury panel admitted having friends with strong opinions about Trump but said she was not very engaged in politics or news.

Upcoming Jury Selection

Judge Merchan warned the jurors to prepare for opening statements on April 22 and further stated that they would be informed if there were any changes. About 80 individuals have been dismissed from the jury selection process since Monday due to their inability to remain impartial in a case involving Trump.

Judge Reprimands Trump

A dispute arose over a potential juror’s Facebook posts celebrating Trump’s 2020 election loss, drawing audible comments from Trump. This led to a reprimand from Judge Juan Merchan, who warned Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche about his client’s conduct.

“Hush Money” Case

The ex-president is charged with 34 state felony counts of falsifying business records related to a “hush money” payment his lawyer made to adult movie star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 elections. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, with the trial expected to last between six and eight weeks.

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