New York – Donald Trump’s firm will go on trial in a criminal tax case on Monday, and the first task facing the court is a big one: Pick a jury of New Yorkers who don’t have strong opinions about the former president.
Manhattan prosecutors say the Trump Organization Helped top executives avoid income tax Learn about job perks like rent-free apartments and luxury cars.
Trump himself has not been put on trial and is not expected to testify. But the judge and attorneys in this case are likely to try to keep jurors away from people who have unwaveringly strong feelings for the unpopular Republicans in their hometowns.
In the 2020 presidential election, 87% of Manhattan voters supported Democrat Joe Biden. Trump got 12% of the vote.
Once the jury selection is complete, Judge Juan Manuel Merchan said he expects the trial to last at least four weeks.
The trial is expected to focus on the actions and testimony of longtime Trump Organization executives Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty in August I was able to receive tax-free benefits from the company worth over $1.7 million.
Mr Trump has denounced the investigation as a “political witch hunt”.
If convicted, the Trump Organization could face fines of over $1 million. A conviction could hinder the company’s ability to obtain loans and make deals.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took over the prosecution when he took office in January. Bragg has taken a cautious approach to Trump, so far refusing to personally indict him in a now-three-year investigation.
The jury selection process can take several days. Especially when people in the pool express concerns about their ability to be neutral.
However, getting a panel with an open mind can be important to avoid misjudgments.
another in the spring A trial held in a nearby federal court ended in an erroneous trial Because of tensions among jurors regarding political views. The lawsuit involved an associate of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who has been accused of defrauding a charity set up to help pay for a wall along the US border with Mexico.
The 11 jurors in the case wrote a memo to the judge asking them to remove another juror because he displayed anti-government bias and accused all other jurors of being liberal. Sent. The judge declined and the jury ultimately could not agree on a verdict.
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