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Process of selecting jury in former United States President Donald Trump case continues

The process of selecting a 12-person jury and six alternates continues in the New York criminal trial of former United States (US) President Donald Trump.

More than half of the first group of 96 potential jurors have already been dismissed. This is after indicating they could not be fair and impartial when it comes to Trump, an early indication that this process could drag on for days if not weeks before any evidence is found.

Trump faces charges in relation to a 34-count indictment, that he falsified business records in relation to hush-money payments to an adult film actress during the closing days of the 2016-election campaign in an effort to suppress an alleged affair.

As the slow process of jury selection continues inside the courthouse, small groups of supporters and protestors have gathered outside the judicial precinct in lower Manhattan, expressing vastly divergent views about the historic first criminal trial of a former US President.

“ Nobody wants to talk about how Donald Trump did nothing wrong. Nobody wants to talk about this corrupt Judge Merchan and his corrupt daughter,” said Trump supporter and rightwing activist Laura Loomer speaking through a megaphone. Social advocacy activist Jamie Bauerin support of the prosecution.

“ This is about what happened in 2016, when Trump tried to squelch information that he viewed as prejudicial to him. He broke the law in doing that.

We believe that (Manhattan District Attorney) Alvin Bragg has a good case and that there will be a fair jury of New Yorkers there to judge the information and the law and make a decision. We, individually and collectively, are glad to see that Trump is finally being brought in front of the judge in a criminal case.

Source: SABC

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