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Six jurors have sworn in for the Hush Money trial of Donald Trump; additional selections will be made

Apr 18, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

Six jurors have been sworn in for the hush money trial involving former U.S. President Donald Trump in New York, leaving six additional jurors and six alternates to be selected.

The jury selection process began on Tuesday, with the swearing-in of the initial six jurors. However, the panel still needs six more jurors and an equal number of alternatives.

While the jury selection could extend over the next couple of weeks, the trial itself is anticipated to last approximately two months.

Reports from SaharaReporters indicate that Trump, a former president, appeared in court as his landmark criminal trial commenced in a Manhattan courtroom. This marks the first instance in U.S. history of a former president facing trial.

Despite multiple attempts to delay the proceedings, Judge Juan Merchan proceeded with the trial’s commencement. The case revolves around allegations that Trump orchestrated a “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, in an effort to conceal damaging information during the 2016 election campaign.

Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, allegedly facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels to secure her silence regarding an alleged affair with Trump. Trump has consistently denied these allegations.

In related developments, former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg was sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to perjury charges in March. Weisselberg confessed to lying to investigators and a judge regarding Trump’s financial affairs.

The sentencing, handed down by Judge Laurie Peterson in a Manhattan criminal court, saw Weisselberg being escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

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