Grandfather named second juror who termed Trump 'fascinating' excused in hours after nurse stepped down

 April 19, 2024

On Thursday, two jurors were dismissed by the judge in the historic hush money trial of Donald Trump, as the court encountered difficulties in forming a jury for a criminal case that was among the most prominent in American history.

After bringing one juror into the courtroom for further interrogation, Judge Juan Merchan excused him, as prosecutors claimed he had failed to disclose prior run-ins with the law, as The Daily Mail reported.

It occurred shortly after Judge Merchan dismissed an additional juror, a nurse, who expressed feelings of intimidation due to the disclosure of certain personal information.

Difficulties Choosing a Jury

The two eliminations have reduced the number of people selected for the jury from seven to five thus far. In the end, it will consist of twelve members plus six alternates.

It underscored the unparalleled pressures surrounding the initial criminal prosecution of a former president of the United States.

The most recent juror to be dismissed was an IT consultant and grandfather who had previously expressed his fascination for Trump to the court.

"He walks into a room and he sets people off an I find that really interesting," the man said during jury selection. "One guy can do all this. Wow. He makes things interesting."

Additional Information

On Tuesday, following his acceptance to the jury, information regarding a potential prior arrest surfaced.  Attorneys uncovered evidence that he potentially removed conservative political posters during the 1990s.

Judge Merchan addressed the juror for approximately four minutes on Thursday before dismissing him.

The ex-president had earlier departed Trump Tower in preparation for the third day of jury deliberations.

Immediately following the arrival of Trump, the judge apprised the court that a female juror had "expressed concerns regarding her capacity to be fair and impartial" after "sleeping on it overnight."

The Nurse's Dismissal

Judge Merchan then brought the woman to court and asked her to explain herself: "Yesterday alone, I had friends, colleagues, and family push things to my phone, questioning my identity as a juror.

"I don’t believe at this point I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influence not affect my decision making in the courtroom."

Judge Merchan excused her and stated, " I’m sorry you went through that."

Trump may clash with Judge Merchan over a social media post. Judge Merchan forbids Trump from attacking potential jurors.

Trump cited Fox News host Jesse Watters in a Wednesday night tweet on Truth Social where Watters stated: "They are catching undercover Liberal Activists lying to the Judge in order to get on the Trump Jury ."

That might violate the order, according to some legal analysts, as the order prohibits Trump from "making or directing others to make public statements about any prospective juror or any juror."

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