Headline RoundupApril 18th, 2024

Trump Hush Money Trial Juror Excused

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Thursday, a juror was excused from the former President Donald Trump's hush money trail in New York after she expressed concerns that her identity would be revealed publicly. Her concerns arose after some of her family, friends, and colleagues said that she had been identified as a potential juror.

Key Details: Seven jurors had been selected earlier this week, but the panel has now been reduced to six. Judge Juan Merchan is now instructing reporters to avoid publishing physical descriptions of jurors, and he is planning to redact jurors' answers to questions about current and former employers from the court records.

Key Quote: "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 the juror, who had been one of seven selected earlier this week. "We just lost what probably would have been a very good juror," the Judge said afterward.

For Context: In this high-profile court case, the juror's concerns emphasize the reality of trying to seat 18 jurors.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum are continuing to cover and analyze the latest developments in the jury selection process in Trump's hush money trial.

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