Trump Org trial so far has 7 jurors; 2 I Don’t Like The Way He Handled Things

  • The Trump Organization’s first seven jurors include two who openly dislike the way he has run the country.
  • One is “shattered” by his choice of president; the other wishes he had made better choices on the Supreme Court.
  • The company is on trial for allegedly dodging payroll taxes by giving executives a portion of the books.

The Manhattan jury that will decide whether former President Donald Trump’s international real estate company is guilty of tax evasion includes two women who said in court they didn’t like the way the former president ran the country.

The first seven jurors were selected on Tuesday in the state Supreme Court case, which alleges the Trump Organization set up a 15-year scheme to help top executives cheat on their taxes.

One of those chosen is a freelance book editor who ironically noted that she has “opinions” about Trump, who is not a defendant but is still the elephant “not in the room”, as the lead prosecutor Joshua Steinglass joked to prospective jurors.

‘I didn’t vote for him,’ publisher says of Trump, whose company faces over a million fines and other costly consequences if he is convicted.

“And I would have opted for other Supreme Court justices” than the three he chose, she added with a sarcastic smile.

Yet she could be impartial and fair, she promised.

A second juror, a retiree with adult children who enjoys crocheting, did some real soul-searching when asked how she felt about Trump.

“Emotionally, I don’t feel one way or another what he’s done in his life, personally,” she said from the front row of the jury box, where 18 potential jurors were being interviewed. .

“I don’t take it personally, honestly,” she said. “Of course, President Trump was the President of the United States. And of course, when things happened in this country, I would be upset about things.”

The woman added that she understands it was Trump’s company, not Trump himself, that was on trial.

“I’ve had feelings in the past,” she told lawyers, prosecutors and state Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the trial. “But I will do my best,” she said of her duty to be an impartial and fair juror.

“I will follow the instructions,” she said.

The two women were among nearly a dozen of 18 questioned in the jury box who raised their hands when Trump Organization attorney William J. Brennan asked if they had ‘strongly held’ opinions. on Trump.

Defense attorneys had to work around a select group of jurors in a New York borough where only 12% of voters backed Trump in 2020. Many in the courtroom were fired after to express genuine hatred for the former president.

“I want to tell you more about the former president of the United States,” Brennan asked them before taking part in the informal poll. “We all know who he is. He was our president.

“I want to go through all of questions 29 and 30 with you,” the attorney continued, referring to question numbers in a jury questionnaire who specifically asked if they could be impartial in a trial involving Trump.

“A number of you responded that you could be fair and impartial,” Brennan continued. “But the question is, do you have any strong beliefs about former President Trump? Anyway?”

Of the 11 who raised their hands among the 18 in the jury box, all continued to express what appeared to be negative beliefs.

All insisted they could be impartial, which meant the defense attorneys would lose one of their valuable and limited peremptory challenges with each one they dismissed.

In the end, Trump’s lawyers spent only two of their peremptories.

One was to dismiss the CEO of a marketing company who said she had a strong “negative” view of Trump, but not his company. The other was to dismiss a woman with no stated opinion of Trump, but who worked in banking and said she liked to write.

Defense attorneys have expressed caution about choosing jurors who could write a book about the case and therefore could impact deliberations.

A woman who said she was an NBC reporter has been excused by the two-party deal after saying she would write a book about the case if chosen.

Five additional jurors and six alternates remain to be selected; Jury selection resumes Thursday.

Selected jurors have been asked to return at 9:30 a.m. Monday for opening statements.

They have also been warned that the trial could last another six weeks and run to the edge of winter vacation.

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