Ex-president faces key hearing over his potential testimony as court seeks juror alternates

Donald Trump is back in New York Criminal Court for the fourth day of jury selection as well as a hearing in his hush money trial.

So far, the 12 jurors, and one alternate, who will be hearing evidence in the historic criminal trial have been chosen and sworn in. Five additional alternates need to be seated before opening arguments can begin.

So long as no other jurors drop out or are dismissed from the panel, the first day of trial can begin as early as Monday.

Friday’s court proceeding will include a Sandoval hearing – where the prosecution will ask Judge Juan Merchan whether or not they can bring up prior misconduct and court cases Mr Trump, or his organization, have been involved in.

The Republican presidential candidate, who complained the case has become a “mess”, faces 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal a payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg alleges it was part of a greater catch-and-kill scheme Mr Trump engaged in to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

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Three potential alternates dismissed over impartiality concerns

15:41 , Ariana Baio

Out of the 22 potential alternate jurors being questioned in New York Criminal Court right now, so far three have been dismissed after raising impartiality concerns.

In the last hour that jury selection has been taking place, three different residents of Manhattan have immediately raised concerns over their ability to be impartial.

One woman said she had fears that her family and friends would be able to identify her which would cause her to be unfair.

Another woman said she was unable to be impartial.

Later, a woman referenced question 26 on the juror questionnaire – which asks if a juror could be impartial based on “race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, religion, religious practices, age, disability, sexual orientation or political views.

Though the 12 jurors who will determine the former president’s fate in the historic hush-money trial have been chosen, six alternates are needed to complete the panel. Only one alternate has been picked thus far.

Today, five will be added.

Trump is present, but distracted

15:25 , Ariana Baio, Alex Woodward

Per New York City Criminal Court law, Donald Trump is present in the courtroom where day four of jury selection is underway, but according to The Independent’s Alex Woodward and court pool reporters, he doesn’t seem too attentive.

From the overflow room, Alex reports that “Trump hasn’t been watching jurors today.”

“He’s mostly reading and writing at the desk.”

A pool reporter says Trump is hunched over the table, at times with his eyes closed, reading over papers – it’s unclear what they are. He apparently is “chewing on something” at times and other times, closing his eyes.

In photos: Trump in New York Criminal Court on Friday

15:14 , Ariana Baio

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Trump stares ahead as potential alternates answer questions

14:55 , Ariana Baio, Alex Woodward

Court proceedings in Manhattan Criminal Court are off to a quick start this morning as the judge hopes to sit the five alternate jurors needed to complete the panel.

The 22 alternates have already begun answering the questions on the jury questionnaire. One potential alternate has been excused after raising concerns that her family and friends will know she’s on the jury and therefore she will “not be able to be completely fair.”

The first juror to answer questions tells the court she’s originally from Spain and doesn’t read the news much nor does she have social media.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward says Mr Trump is not watching.

“He’s just looking straight ahead. Prosecutors and his attorneys all have their heads turned to the right to watch the jury box.

Prospective alternate jurors enter for questioning

14:42 , Ariana Baio, Alex Woodward

Jury selection has begun in Manhattan Criminal Court with 22 potential alternate jurors entering for questioning. Today, the prosecution, defence and judge need to pick five alternate jurors to complete the panel

Each side will get an additional five minutes to question the jurors today since there are 22 – slightly more than the typical 18 that are brought in for questioning.

Trump is seated in court

14:30 , Ariana Baio

Donald Trump has arrived at Manhattan Criminal Court and is seated at the defence table for day four of jury selection and a Sandoval hearing.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward is in court today covering proceedings. He says Trump is writing down something.

What is a ‘Sandoval’ hearing?

14:18 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump will face a Sandoval hearing on Friday morning as part of court proceedings before opening arguments begin.

A Sandoval hearing is required under New York law in criminal cases in which the defendant has a history of misconduct or criminal acts and the prosecution would like to bring those up during cross-examination.

The purpose is for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to show Judge Juan Merchan the scope of the questions they would propose to ask Mr Trump during cross-examination if he does choose to take the stand to testify. Mr Trump has already indicated that he plans to do so.

From a defence point of view, a Sandoval hearing ensures that the criminal defendant is fully aware of what he might be asked if he or she does choose to take the stand in their defence, so that they are not caught off-guard by unexpected lines of questioning outside of an approved remit.

Among these acts are previous lawsuits involving the former president, including the civil trial in which he was found liable for the sexual abuse and defamation of former Elle magazine columnist E Jean Carroll.

Marjorie Taylor Greene revives obsession with ‘space lasers’ to sabotage bill

14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Attention-seeking Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene offered a bewildering amendment to a bill to supply military assistance to Israel on the issue of border security on Wednesday, further complicating her duel with House speaker Mike Johnson and drawing criticism that she is unserious.

She suggested that the Israel aid bill should also involve setting up a space laser to help control migration at the US-Mexico border.

It is not the first time she’s referenced such extraterrestrial hardware: before being elected she suggested that California forest fires were being started by a space laser partly owned by a prominent Jewish banking dynasty.

She later denied being antisemitic, insisting she had no idea the Rothschild family were Jewish.

When asked about the claim recently by respected British journalist Emily Maitlis, she suggested she “f*** off”.

John Bowden has the latest.

Marjorie Taylor Greene revives obsession with ‘space lasers’

Kennedy family endorses Biden at campaign event in snub to RFK Jr

13:45 , Joe Sommerlad

At least 15 members of the storied Kennedy political clan, which has produced a president, two senators and multiple House members since the 1950s, officially endorsed President Joe Biden for re-election at a campaign event on Thursday – in what marks their biggest snub to Robert F Kennedy Jr to date.

Gustaf Kilander and Andrew Feinberg bring us this report.

Kennedy family officially endorses Biden at campaign event in latest snub to RFK Jr

Live: Donald Trump’s hush money trial in New York enters fourth day

13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

You can watch the very latest from Manhattan via the livestream below.

‘The guy has lost his mind’: The ex-Trump voters now turning to Biden

13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Conventional political wisdom regarding Donald Trump states that the people who voted for him in 2016 and 2020 aren’t likely to go for any Democrat this time around — especially not Joe Biden.

But a prominent group of anti-Trump Republicans believes those two-time Trump voters are best positioned to convince others in the GOP to vote to re-elect Biden. And they’re ready to spend big to do so.

Earlier this month, a group called Republican Voters Against Trump rolled out what they are describing as a $50 million multi-platform advertising campaign. That campaign is designed both to troll the twice-impeached, four times-indicted ex-president and to genuinely reach out to his most loyal supporters.

Andrew Feinberg has this report.

‘The guy lost his mind since I voted for him’: The ex-Trump voters going for Biden

Bill Barr reveals he will vote for Trump despite calling him a child

12:45 , Joe Sommerlad

I mean, honestly, what can you say about this from the ex-US attorney general?

Kelly Rissman has a go.

Bill Barr reveals he will vote for Trump despite once calling him a 9-year-old child

Florida classified documents case: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago aides lose bid to dismiss charges

12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

A Florida judge has denied motions from two ex-Trump aides to have charges relating to the classified documents found at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home dismissed.

Carlos De Oliveira and Walt Nauta were charged with multiple counts of the obstruction of justice alongside Trump last year.

The two men were accused of moving boxes of sensitive information and attempting to delete security footage pertaining to the documents so that it could not be used in a future investigation as evidence.

The pair had sought to have their cases dropped on grounds of lack of specificity, which were described by Nauta as “unconstitutionally vague”.

De Oliveira previously claimed he had “no clue” what was in the boxes he had been moving for Trump and was unaware of the Justice Department’s investigation.

On Thursday, US district judge Aileen Cannon denied the motions.

Mike Bedigan has more.

Trump aides lose bid to dismiss charges over hoarded Mar-a-Lago documents

New York hush money trial: Could a stealth juror derail proceedings?

11:45 , Joe Sommerlad

One of the top priorities for both sides in Trump’s hush money trial will be to root out potential “stealth jurors” – those who claim to be impartial but who have hidden their biases to get on a jury and possibly derail a trial.

Jurors are supposed to be impartial. A number of prospective jurors have been dismissed from the proceedings simply because they felt they could not be neutral while sitting in judgment of the former president.

Gustaf Kilander and Alex Woodward report.

Could a stealth juror derail Trump’s trial?

New York hush money trial: The scene outside court as day four dawns

11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s the very latest from Alex Woodward, who is in Manhattan for us once again bright and early to cover the day’s proceedings:

“Morning friends. I’m outside the courthouse. The sun isn’t up yet, it’s slightly (slightly) warmer than yesterday, and there are only two reporters in line, including myself, and some line holders bundled under a giant pink blanket on fold-out chairs. Thankfully it’s not raining.

“We’ll get back to jury selection in a few hours, but first we’ll start with an evidentiary hearing as required under New York law.

“Essentially, prosecutors are showing the judge the scope of what they would ask Trump if he does testify.

“As a criminal defendant he is entitled to know what kind of fire he’s walking into, if he does end up choosing to defend himself on the stand.”

As our colleagues Kelly Rissman and Ariana Baio reported earlier this week, the DA’s office believes nothing should be off limits.

Trump faces grilling about sexual abuse and fraud if he testifies in hush money trial

New York hush money trial: Potential juror excused after comparisons between Trump and Berlusconi

11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

One of the potential jurors being considered for selection yesterday was excused after noting media comparisons between Trump and the disgraced Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Mike Bedigan and Alex Woodward report.

Prospective juror excused after comparisons between Trump and Silvio Berlusconi

New York hush money trial: Who are Trump’s jurors?

10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The dismissal of juror 2 on Thursday – an oncology nurse by profession who raised concerns about her anonymity after friends and family asked her if she had been chosen for the jury box having guessed her involvement after reading descriptions of her in the media – led Judge Merchan to appeal for “common sense” in the reporting of the jurors and asked that their current or former employers not be mentioned.

Here’s Alex Woodward with an updated look at what we can say about the jurors now that the initial 12 have been chosen, with the process expected to conclude on Friday with the selection of the remaining five alternates.

Who are the jurors in Donald Trump’s hush money trial?

New York hush money trial: Trump complains about being cold in courtroom and waves Fox News printouts at the press

10:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s what the former president and criminal defendant had to say after leaving court yesterday.

Fair to say he has not enjoyed himself much so far, branding the whole affair “a mess” as he trudged back to Trump Tower.

New York hush money trial: Two seated jurors excused over anonymity and impartiality concerns

09:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Two jurors who were sworn in to Trump’s trial on Tuesday have now been excused from the case as the court grapples with the prospect of finding impartial New Yorkers.

Court proceedings got off to a rocky start on Thursday morning as jury selection resumed after a day’s recess on Wednesday.

First, juror number two raised concerns that personal details disclosed in her jury questionnaire could be used to identify her – and that her concerns might impact her ability to be impartial in the case.

Then, juror number four showed up late to court and Manhattan prosecutors raised concerns about the truthfulness of his answers during questioning in the court earlier in the week.

Both were ultimately excused by Judge Merchan, taking the panel briefly back down to five.

Here’s more from Ariana Baio.

Two seated jurors struck from Trump hush money trial

New York hush money trial: Panel of 12 jurors sworn in on chaotic day three

09:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The panel of 12 Manhattan residents who will ultimately decide the fate of former president Donald Trump in his New York criminal trial have now been seated after a chaotic day in court yesterday.

After three days of jury selection, in which hundreds of New Yorkers were called to the New York Criminal Court, sworn in and asked personal questions, the majority of jury selection concluded on Thursday – with a panel of five women and seven men sworn in.

One alternate has also been seated, with five more needed to complete the full panel of 18: 12 jurors and six alternates.

Ariana Baio watched events unfold in court for The Independent yesterday and offers this recap.

Panel of 12 jurors sworn in for Trump’s historic hush money trial

Truth Social: Trump cries ‘election interference’ (again) and calls on Europe to deliver more Ukraine aid

08:46 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump’s defence team was informed yesterday they would not be told in advance who the prosecution’s witnesses are in the hush money trial to prevent their client posting about them on Truth Social, a point that led to an argument between Judge Merchan and Todd Blanche and left Trump huffing in his seat.

You can see why, given that he posted this last night about the ongoing proceedings.

His other big contribution yesterday was complaining that Europe should pay more in aid to Ukraine, perhaps indirectly attempting to relieve some of the pressure on House speaker Mike Johnson over his latest spending bill, which has been received with huge anger from the MAGA wing of the Republican Party, led by witchfinder-general Marjorie Taylor Greene.

In depth: Can these ex-Trump voters swing it for Biden?

08:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Andrew Feinberg writes:

Conventional political wisdom regarding Donald Trump states that the people who voted for him in 2016 and 2020 aren’t likely to go for any Democrat this time around — especially not Joe Biden.

But a prominent group of anti-Trump Republicans believes those two-time Trump voters are best positioned to convince others in the GOP to vote to re-elect Biden. And they’re ready to spend big to do so.

Continue reading…

‘The guy lost his mind since I voted for him’: The ex-Trump voters going for Biden

Mutiny brews for Mike Johnson as hard-liners threaten to join motion to oust him

06:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The growing anger among Mike Johnson’s Republican caucus over his bill to send aid to Ukraine spilled into public view on Thursday as more conservatives threatened to join a motion to oust the speaker from his role.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

Mutiny brews for Johnson as GOP hard-liners threaten to join move to oust him

Who in Congress isn’t seeking re-election in 2024?

04:00 , Kelly Rissman

If a presidential election year wasn’t enough in Washington DC, this year will also see a lot of new faces in Congress, as many members have decided to not seek re-election, with many citing frustration with the chambers’ productivity as their reason for stepping down.

Eight Senators and 44 Representatives have announced their intentions to step down from their current post in 2024, with some running for different elected positions and others leaving politics altogether. Some of those could still run for their current seats if they do not win primary elections.

The mass Congressional exodus includes several controversial seats, which could alter the control of each chamber and numerous Committee chairs.

Here is a list of every member of Congress who has announced that they won’t seek re-election in 2024:

Here’s every member of Congress who isn’t seeking re-election in 2024

03:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Biden jokes he ‘looks 40’ as Kennedy family endorses 2024 campaign

Trump aides lose bid to dismiss charges related to classified documents hoarded at Mar-a-Lago

02:30 , Mike Bedigan

Carlos De Oliveira and Walt Nauta were charged with multiple counts of the obstruction of justice alongside Mr Trump last year.

The two men had sought to have the charges dismissed. On Thursday a Florida judge denied them:

Read the full story here:

Trump aides lose bid to dismiss charges over hoarded Mar-a-Lago documents

Might a stealth juror derail Trump’s trial?

02:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Alex Woodward and Gustaf Kilander write:

One of the top priorities for both sides in former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial will be to root out potential “stealth jurors” – those who claim to be impartial but who have hidden their biases to get on a jury and possibly derail a trial.

Mr Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records in the case after he allegedly instructed his then-fixer, now-witness for the prosecution Michael Cohen to pay off adult actor Stormy Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election to remain quiet about her claim that she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006.

Jurors are supposed to be impartial. A number of prospective jurors have been dismissed from the proceedings simply because they felt they could not be neutral while sitting in judgment of the former president.

Continue reading…

Could a stealth juror derail Trump’s trial?

Watch: Trump rages that ‘crook’ Biden should be on trial

01:30 , Oliver O’Connell

In latest snub to RFK Jr, Kennedy family officially endorses Biden

01:00 , Oliver O’Connell

At least 15 members of the storied Kennedy political family, which has produced a president, two senators, and multiple House members since the 1950s, officially endorsed President Joe Biden for re-election at a campaign event on Thursday – in what marks perhaps their biggest snub to Robert F Kennedy Jr to date.

Introducing the president to the stage at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Centre in Philadelphia, Kerry Kennedy – the niece of late president John F Kennedy and sister of RFK Jr – made it clear that the family sees “only two candidates with any chance of winning the presidency”: Mr Biden and former president Donald Trump.

“In 2024, there are only two candidates with any chance of winning the presidency,” she said.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Kennedy family officially endorses Biden at campaign event in latest snub to RFK Jr

Who are the New Yorkers who hold Trump’s fate in their hands?

Friday 19 April 2024 00:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Alex Woodward watched jury selection at the Lower Manhattan courthouse:

A teacher, two lawyers and people working in finance are among the 12 jurors tasked with hearing the first-ever criminal trial against a US president.

A pivotal process is currently under way in Manhattan to select the group of jurors in the so-called hush money case against Donald Trump, as he faces charges of falsifying business records to conceal payments to an adult film star ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

During the first three days of the historic trial in a New York City courtroom, the former president snapped awake from the defence table and craned his neck to get a good view of the jury box and the pool of New Yorkers who could ultimately convict him of a crime.

Continue reading the full article:

Who are the jurors so far in Donald Trump’s hush money trial?

Watch: Trump complains about ‘freezing’ courtroom

Friday 19 April 2024 00:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Bill Barr says he will vote ‘the Republican ticket’ after spending years attacking Trump

Friday 19 April 2024 00:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Bill Barr, Donald Trump’s hand-picked attorney general-turned-vocal critic, appears to have had a major change of heart as he has now announced that he will “support the Republican ticket” in the 2024 presidential election.

Asked on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday about whether or not he would support the former president in November, Mr Barr responded: “I’ve said all along given two bad choices, I think it’s my duty to pick the person I think would do the least harm to the country.”

While he didn’t name Mr Trump specifically, he said: “And in my mind, I will vote the Republican ticket. I will support the Republican ticket.”

Kelly Rissman reports:

Bill Barr reveals he will vote for Trump despite once calling him a 9-year-old child

Watch: Trump says case against him is ‘whopping outrage’

Thursday 18 April 2024 23:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Prospective juror excused after raising comparisons between Trump and Berlusconi

Thursday 18 April 2024 23:20 , Oliver O’Connell

One of the potential jurors being considered for selection in the New York criminal trial of Donald Trump was excused on Thursday after noting media comparisons between the former president and disgraced Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Mike Bedigan and Alex Woodward report:

Prospective juror excused after comparisons between Trump and Silvio Berlusconi

Thursday 18 April 2024 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump sits beside his lawyers Todd Blanche and Emil Bove during jury selection (REUTERS)Former president Donald Trump sits beside his lawyers Todd Blanche and Emil Bove during jury selection (REUTERS)

Former president Donald Trump sits beside his lawyers Todd Blanche and Emil Bove during jury selection (REUTERS)

Watch: Trump gripes about not being able to campaign

Thursday 18 April 2024 22:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Thursday 18 April 2024 22:38 , Oliver O’Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

The big development today is that 12 New Yorkers could be the first jury to convict any American president, who happens to be from New York too.

They come from all over Manhattan, with different professional backgrounds, genders, interests and family lives. At least one person isn’t from the US originally.

All have promised — unlike Trump — to judge their fellow New Yorker fairly and impartially.

Full story: Panel of 12 jurors sworn in for Trump’s historic hush money trial

Thursday 18 April 2024 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

The 12 Manhattan residents who will ultimately decide the fate of former president Donald Trump in his New York criminal trial were selected on Thursday.

After three days of jury selection, in which hundreds of Manhattan residents were called to the New York Criminal Court, sworn in and asked personal questions – the majority of jury selection has finished.

Ariana Baio and Alex Woodward report from the Manhattan Criminal Court:

Panel of 12 jurors sworn in for Trump’s historic hush money trial

Court will end early for Passover

Thursday 18 April 2024 22:20 , Alex Woodward

Trial proceedings will wrap up early on Monday and Tuesday for the Passover holiday.

Court will run from 9.30am until 2pm with no break for lunch on both days. The defence has requested both days off.

Prosecution attorney Joshua Steinglass asked about the court’s preference for potential witnesses to be present for other witnesses’ testimony.

Defence lawyer Todd Blanche requests the names of the first three witnesses, but Steinglass says that while he would usually as a courtesy, he won’t because Trump has been threatening them on social media.

Blanche suggested that no, Trump wouldn’t do that. Merchan says he can’t make that promise.

“I don’t think you can make that representation,” he said.

Possibly a good indicator of how next Tuesday’s hearing on the gag order violations will go…

In depth: Can these ex-Trump voters swing it for Biden?

Thursday 18 April 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Andrew Feinberg writes:

Conventional political wisdom regarding Donald Trump states that the people who voted for him in 2016 and 2020 aren’t likely to go for any Democrat this time around — especially not Joe Biden.

But a prominent group of anti-Trump Republicans believes those two-time Trump voters are best positioned to convince others in the GOP to vote to re-elect Biden. And they’re ready to spend big to do so.

Continue reading…

‘The guy lost his mind since I voted for him’: The ex-Trump voters going for Biden

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:54 , Oliver O’Connell

Alex Woodward reports from the court:

That’s seven men and five women, with some retired folks, a couple of lawyers, people who work in finance, various education backgrounds, including several advanced degrees, one person who doesn’t use social media, and about five people who said they don’t really follow the news at all…

Newly selected jurors sworn in

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:47 , Oliver O’Connell

The new jurors are sworn in and jury selection will continue tomorrow.

Judge Merchan asks the empanelled jurors to return on Monday at 9.30am.

He still has hope for opening arguments on Monday.

Twelve jurors selected for Trump’s criminal trial

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:38 , Oliver O’Connell

In a flurry of activity, there are now 12 jurors selected to hear evidence on Donald Trump’s historic criminal trial.

B639 is Juror 8

B423 is Juror 9

B789 is Juror 10

B500 is Juror 11

B440 is Juror 12

In addition, B714 has been chosen as the first alternate.

Five further alternates still need to be picked.

How the peremptory challenges were used today

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:33 , Oliver O’Connell

Each side has ten peremptory challenges they can use to strike potential jurors with no cause.

Today, the prosecution struck B784 and B555 and has two more strikes left.

The defence team struck B502, B675, B680 and B782 — they have no more strikes.

The prosecution then struck B496 and B744, using up the last of their strikes.

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:25 , Oliver O’Connell

Judge Merchan has brought in B430 to question her about past social media posts.

She says she doesn’t remember making these posts.

The Judge asks her to read them aloud, at one point she calls Trump a “sexist narcissist”…

She says words to the effect of: “Yikes, that sounds bad, sorry guys.”

She acknowledges that these were not very kind and says that she was in a different mental space at the time.

“I don’t believe in presidential immunity, but that’s a different case I understand that.”

She is apologising to Trump now for making “such harsh posts” saying that it wasn’t appropriate.

B430 says she would “withdraw” using the term “racist” to describe Trump. She says she did not like the way he treated “females” at times but that she has less extreme views now.

Judge Merchan says he doesn’t want to take the chance and he grants Necheles challenge for cause.

Number of jurors back up to seven

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:16 , Oliver O’Connell

B565, the Hell’s Kitchen investment banker, is now Juror 2.

B470 is now Juror 4 — this brings the number of jurors to be seated back to seven.

Necheles challenges Seat 11 B430, who said that she does not have opinions on Trump.

Team Trump argues that social media posts from her in 2020 reveal she “harbours a deep hatred for him”.

The Judge is reading aloud pages of commentary this potential juror may or may not have made or re-posted from 2016 until the Covid pandemic.

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:08 , Oliver O’Connell

Judge Merchan denies the challenge to juror B675 for cause stating that the issue is more with her husband’s relationship with Necheles, not her own.

There are no more challenges for cause.

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:03 , Ariana Baio

B675 is now in the courtroom and being questioned by Judge Merchan.

She explains that she met Necheles 15 years ago and she stayed at her home and didn’t even remember that she met her — it was her husband who reminded her that she knew Necheles.

Judge Merchan also clarifies that her husband’s article about Trump was a review of Haberman’s book and therefore not his own opinion about Trump.

Attorneys move to strike potential jurors for cause

Thursday 18 April 2024 21:01 , Ariana Baio

“We started the day with 7, and now we’re unfortunately down to 5,” Judge Merchan says as challenges for cause on the prosecution side begin.

Seat 1 (B623 – the attorney who discussed the case with her colleagues) is dismissed because she can’t be impartial.

That is all for the prosecution and the defence steps up.

Necheles informs the judge that Seat 4 (675) did more than just meet her 15 years ago: “She stayed at my house”

Necheles challenges her and she is asked to return to the court.

Necheles says B675’s husband also wrote a negative article about Trump. When pressed by the judge as to what it was she replies that it was a book review about Maggie Haberman’s book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.

There is laughter from the press.



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