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  • Writer's pictureJanuary 6th News

7 Jurors Picked for Trump's Hush Money Trial, 11 More Needed

Day 2 of Jury Selection in Donald Trump's Hush Money Trial


The jury selection for Donald Trump's hush money trial resumed for a second day in a New York courtroom. The former president and presumptive GOP nominee expressed dissatisfaction with the trial. By the end of the second day, seven of the needed eighteen jurors were confirmed. The chosen jurors include an IT worker, an English teacher, an oncology nurse, a sales professional, a software engineer, and two lawyers. Opening statements could begin as early as next week, marking a significant moment in Trump's legal journey. This trial puts the former president's legal issues at the spotlight of his closely contested race against President Joe Biden.


Details of the Trial Progress

The first day of the trial ended with pretrial motions and initial jury selection that saw numerous prospective jurors excused due to potential bias. The process in the Manhattan courtroom has underscored the difficulty of selecting impartial jurors in the city where Trump built his real estate empire. Despite this, the selection process moved faster than anticipated on Tuesday and is set to resume on Thursday.


Jury Selection Challenges

Trump’s lawyers challenged several potential jurors due to their social media posts. Trump himself has denied any wrongdoing and criticized the case and the judge handling it. Some potential jurors expressed doubt about their ability to be impartial. A few hopefuls were excused due to other commitments or potential bias stemming from their social or work environment.


Case Details and Trial Expectations

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged effort to silence scandalous stories about his personal life during his 2016 campaign. The trial is expected to last six weeks and several potential jurors expressed concerns about their plans over this period. The charges at the core of the case revolve around $130,000 in payments made by Trump's company to his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prevent porn actor Stormy Daniels from publicizing her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, which he has denied.


The prosecution argues that the payments to Cohen were falsely recorded as legal fees and considers them part of a scheme to hide damaging stories that could have impacted Trump's chances in the 2016 election. Trump admits to reimbursing Cohen but denies it had any connection to the campaign. If convicted of falsifying business records, Trump faces up to four years in prison. The outcome, however, doesn't guarantee any prison time."

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