More potential jurors dismissed as Trump’s hush money trial enters second day

Apr16,2024



New York: More potential jurors from Donald Trump's hush money case were dismissed Tuesday, as lawyers worked for a second day to find a panel of New Yorkers who will decide whether to convict the Republican of a crime. Whether Gaye will become the first former President or not.
The first day of the historic trial in Manhattan ended Monday with no one selected for the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. In short order Tuesday morning, several others were excused, saying they could not be impartial or because they had other options. Commitments Dozens of potential jurors have not yet been questioned.
It is the first of four Trump criminal cases to go to trial and may be the only case that reaches a verdict before voters in November decide whether to return the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to the White House. Should it or not?
The lawsuit puts Trump's legal problems at the center of a closely contested race against President Joe Biden. Trump portrays himself as the victim of a politically motivated justice system that is working to deny him another term.
It also presents a major test for the criminal justice system as charges are viewed through a partisan lens, and Trump's attacks on prosecutors and judges threaten to undermine public confidence in the courts.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged effort to maintain — and, he says, fake — accounts of his sex life during his 2016 campaign. Stories emerging about.
Trump arrived at the courthouse just before 9 a.m. and waved to reporters as he walked inside. Before entering the courtroom, Trump paused briefly to address a TV camera in the hallway, and repeated his claims that the judge is biased against him and that the case is politically motivated.
Trump said, “This is a case that should never have been brought.” Once inside, reporters saw him winking at a court official and asking, “How are you?” ' Trump sat at the defense table with his lawyers as he walked down the aisle.
A woman in the jury pool was let go during Monday's questioning after informing the judge that she had planned a trip around Memorial Day. One man was excused on the grounds that he could not be impartial.
Another man, who worked at an accounting firm, was fired, saying he feared he would be fired because of “unconscious bias” from growing up in Texas and working with people in the finance world. The ability to remain impartial may be compromised by those who are “intellectually inclined toward Republicans.” ,
When another juror said she would be unable to serve impartially, Trump sat in his chair, looking in the direction of the box. In the first few minutes of the day, he appeared generally attentive, writing notes and holding sheets of paper up to his face while jurors answered a lengthy questionnaire.
The allegations center on a US$130,000 payment made by Trump's company to his then-lawyer. Michael Cohen, He paid that amount on Trump's behalf to porn actress Stormy Daniels to prevent her from going public with her claims of having a sexual relationship with Trump a decade earlier. Trump has denied any incident of sexual encounter.
Prosecutors say the payments to Cohen were misreported as legal fees. Prosecutors have described it as part of a scheme to bury damaging stories that Trump feared could help his opponent in the 2016 race, especially since Trump's reputation was affected by comments he made about women at the time. was happening.
Trump has acknowledged reimbursing Cohen for the payment and that it was designed to prevent Daniels from going public about the alleged encounter. But Trump has previously said that it has nothing to do with the campaign.
“I was paying a lawyer and marked it off as legal expenses,” he said. “It was exactly the same. And you are accused of that? “I should be campaigning right now in Pennsylvania, Florida, several other states – North Carolina, Georgia,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
jury selection It could take several more days — or even weeks — in the heavily Democratic city where Trump grew up and achieved celebrity status decades before winning the White House.
Only a third of 96 people remained in the first panel of potential jurors brought into the courtroom on Monday after the judge excused some members. More than half the group were pardoned after telling the judge that they could not be impartial, and several others were dismissed for other reasons that were not disclosed.
Another group of more than 100 potential jurors sent to court on Monday have not yet been brought into the courtroom for questioning.
In court papers filed Tuesday, prosecutors urged the judge to fine Trump $3,000 over social media posts they say limited what he could say publicly about witnesses. Breached a restriction order. In the post, Trump called Cohen and Daniels “two nasty men who cost our country dearly with their lies and misrepresentations!”
Prosecutors wrote that the judge should caution Trump to comply with the gag order and warn him that further violations could result in not only additional fines but also prison time.
If convicted of falsifying business records, Trump could face up to four years in prison, though there is no guarantee he will get time behind bars.
Trump's cases involving charges of election interference and hoarding of classified documents could lead to lengthy prison sentences, but those cases are tied up with appeals or other issues that make it less likely that they will be decided before the election. Will go.
And if Trump wins in November, he could potentially order a new attorney general to dismiss his federal cases.



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