Sworn in jurist in Trump hush money trial already dismissed as selection becomes growing nightmare

Half of the jury pool in the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump was excused for admitting they could not be impartial as the selection process continues.

More potential jurors were questioned Thursday as the day began with news that one person already selected and sworn in had to be dismissed due to concerns about being identified.

The juror, a nurse identified as “juror number two” reportedly told New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan that she did not think she could “let the outside influences not affect me in the courtroom.”

“I definitely have concerns now… about being in public. Yesterday alone, I had friends, colleagues push things to my phone questioning my identity as a juror. I don’t believe at this point that I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influences not affect my decision to be in the courtroom,” she told the judge Thursday.

“Thank you. I’m sorry,” Merchan replied. “You’re excused.”

The judge called out the media, expressing how “we’ve just lost what probably could have been a very big juror in this case,” and saying the woman claimed to be “very intimidated by the press.”

“There’s a reason why this is an anonymous jury and we’re taking the measures that were taken. And it kind of defeats the purpose of that when so much information is put out there that it is very, very easy for us to identify who the jurors are,” Merchan said.

“Prosecutors, meanwhile, said they now had questions about another of the jurors who’d been sworn in,” NBC News reported. “The person said in their questionnaire that neither he nor a family member had been accused of a crime, but Joshua Steinglass of the Manhattan district attorney’s office discovered that somebody with the same name had been arrested in the 1990s for tearing down political posters and was also involved in a corruption inquiry.”

Reinforcing the former president’s lament that he can’t get an impartial trial in New York City, yet another dismissed juror became the left-wing media’s darling as she told the media she is “not a fan” of Trump but could still be impartial on a jury.

Former potential juror Kara McGee claimed she would be unbiased but admitted it would be “very difficult for anyone really in this country to not come to this without prior opinions.”

“We all have prior opinions on the defendant, unless you’ve been living in a cardbox,” she said.

“I’m not a fan,” she added, speaking of Trump. “During COVID-19, I lived with someone who was immunocompromised, and I think his handling of COVID-19 was abysmal.”

Frieda Powers

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