First 7 jurors seated at the end of the second day of Trump’s hush money trial

(16 Apr 2024)

New York – 16 April 2024
1. Trump walking out of courtroom towards reporters as they shout questions
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, (R) presidential candidate:
"Thank you very much. And we are going to, continue our fight against this judge, we think he’s totally conflicted. He’s a conflicted judge. As you know, we’re going to appeal. There’s never been a judge more conflicted than this one. So we’ll see how that all works out. We’re having a hard time with the New York state system. It’s under watch by the whole world and it’s not looking very good. So we we think we have a very conflicted, highly conflicted judge who shouldn’t be on the case. And he’s rushing this trial and he’s doing as much as he can for the Democrats. This is a Biden inspired witch-hunt. And it should end and it should end very quickly. Thank you very much."
3. Trump walking out of building
Following a protracted questionnaire phase and hours of questioning on Tuesday, seven jurors were seated by the time the court adjourned on the second day of Donald Trump’s hush money trial. Jury selection will resume Thursday morning.

The jurors are picked by process of elimination in a system that will repeat until a full jury is selected: Eighteen prospective jurors are brought to the jury box and then lawyers move to have certain prospective jurors eliminated “for cause.” They then eliminate some with peremptory challenges, which don’t require a reason.

Those selected for the 12-person panel were culled from the first wave of prospective jurors — a group of about 100 people. Several possible jurors were dismissed earlier in the day after saying they could not be impartial or had other commitments that would conflict with the trial, which is expected to last several weeks.

The first day of Trump’s trial ended on Monday with no one picked to sit on the jury or as one of six alternates.

The criminal trial is the first of any former U.S. commander-in-chief and also the first of Trump’s four indictments to go to trial.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged scheme to bury stories he feared could hurt his 2016 campaign.

The allegations focus on payoffs to two women, porn actor Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said they had extramarital sexual encounters with Trump years earlier, as well as to a Trump Tower doorman who claimed to have a story about a child he alleged Trump had out of wedlock. Trump says none of these supposed sexual encounters occurred.


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