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Trump New York hush money criminal trial

Trump New York hush money criminal trial
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A view of Judge Juan Manuel Merchan’s courtroom at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on March 12. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The jury selection process for the hush money trial against former President Donald Trump will be tedious and the questionnaire involved is a key tool in weeding out potential bias, CNN legal analysts said.

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“A lot of it is very typical in terms of where you’re from, etcetera, but not questions about who you voted for,” CNN chief legal analyst Laura Coates said.

Attorneys do want to know the jurors’ views on the case and also their media sources, she noted —which could be pretty reflective of who they are, their beliefs are on a particular issue and also their political activity, “whether you or someone in your actual circle, not just you alone, has attended a rally either for Trump or anti-Trump.”

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Potential jurors can be removed based on strikes and challenges to answers to the lengthy questionnaire. Also each party involved in the case will have the opportunity to dismiss 10 jurors based on a peremptory challenge — meaning they can remove a juror without any reason or explanation, Elie Honig, former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, explained to CNN.

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And finally, the big elephant in the room will be the election. “This is a tough jury pool for Donald Trump,” Honig noted. “This is a jury pool loaded against Donald Trump — politically.” Honig continued that in Manhattan, New York County, Trump only got 12.3% of the vote in 2020. “Important to remember, no Bronx, no Queens, no Staten Island, no Brooklyn here. This is Manhattan and Manhattan only.”



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