Juror Dismissed from Trump Hush Money Trial Over Intimidation Concerns

Juror Dismissed from Trump Hush Money Trial Over Intimidation Concerns

In the Trump hush money trial, one of the 7 selected jurors on Thursday expressed feelings of intimidation, leading to their dismissal from service.

This occurred amidst a highly charged atmosphere as jury selection proceeded under significant public and media scrutiny.

The trial, involving allegations that Donald Trump falsified business records related to a payment to Stormy Daniels, has seen numerous legal and procedural debates, reflecting its high-profile nature.

While addressing the court, the juror said that family, friends, and colleagues had contacted her after the press release that she was on the jury.

“I don’t believe at this point that I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influences not affect my decision-making in the courtroom,” Said a Juror.

Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the Trump Hush Money trial, said, “We just lost what probably would have been a very good juror.” He also requested that the press not reveal the prospective jurors’ responses to questions about where they work.

The first day of the trial was marked by Trump’s social media criticism of Michael Cohen, a Key Witness in the Trump Hush Money Trial and a former attorney, violated a gag order.

Trump’s criticism of officials involved in the case and their relatives has made Merchan impose a partial gag order on him.

So far, jurors have selected 7, and the case requires at least 12. Now that 1 juror has left, Lawyers will continue their search for jurors in Donald Trump’s trial.

This trial is important because it happens just a few months before Trump plans to run against President Joe Biden again.

Juror Dismissed from Trump Hush Money Trial Over Intimidation Concern
Juror Dismissed from Trump Hush Money Trial Over Intimidation Concern

All 12 selected jurors will be from Manhattan, New York, which is not good news for Trump as it is a heavily Democratic state.

Despite facing multiple criminal charges, Donald Trump is leading the 2024 Republican presidential race. It will again be a rematch between Trump and his political rival, Joe Biden.

Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges. These charges accuse him of falsifying business records to hide payments made to the ad**lt film actress Stormy Daniels.

The payments were allegedly made to prevent her from discussing an affair she claims to have had with him.

Donald Trump’s hush money trial commenced this past Monday.

The jurors chosen include diverse professions—a nurse, a software engineer, and two corporate lawyers.

The judge has decided that the identities of the selected 12 jurors and six alternates will remain confidential, known only to Trump, his attorneys, and the prosecuting team.

If the jury selection concludes this week, the trial will proceed with opening statements by Monday.

A guilty verdict in this trial wouldn’t legally prevent Trump from running for or holding office. However, the trial’s outcome could sway public opinion.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll concluded on April 8, indicates a significant political stake: half of the independent voters and a quarter of Republicans reported they would not support Trump if he is convicted.

This reveals the potential for the trial’s verdict to impact Trump’s support base significantly ahead of his planned electoral rematch with President Joe Biden.

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