Trump hush money trial: Meet the jurors who will hear Bragg’s case against the 2024 presidential candidate

Seven jurors have been selected and sworn in so far to serve on the jury for former President Trump’s historic and unprecedented first criminal trial. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. TRUMP SAYS CRIMINAL TRIAL IS HAVING A ‘REVERSE EFFECT,’ AS HE CAMPAIGNS AT NEW YORK BODEGA, VOWS TO SAVE CITYTrump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president is expected to testify during his trial. “I tell the truth,” Trump said last week, when asked about his possible testimony. Trump is the first president in United States history to stand criminal trial. By the end of jury selection on Tuesday, seven jurors had been selected and sworn in. The jury pool so far includes four men and three women, all living in New York City. Their professions included work in law, finance, nursing, technology and more. BRAGG FILES MOTION TO HOLD TRUMP IN CONTEMPT FOR ALLEGED GAG ORDER VIOLATIONS, THREATENS 30 DAYS OF JAIL TIMEEleven more jurors are expected to be selected and sworn in over the coming days. Jury selection is set to resume Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Here is a look at each of the seven jurors so far. Juror #1 is a man who lives in West Harlem. He is originally from Ireland. He has no children and enjoys doing anything outdoorsy. He gets his news from the New York Times, Daily Mail, Fox News and MSNBC. When asked by Trump defense attorney Todd Blanche if he was aware Trump is charged in other cases and jurisdictions, and how that affects him, the man said, “I don’t have an opinion.” Juror #2 is a woman who lives on the Upper East Side with her fiancé. She does not have children. She is a native New Yorker and works as an oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The woman has a masters’ degree in nursing. Her fiancé works in finance in New York City. The woman said she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking her dog to the park. When asked, she said she gets her news from The New York Times, Google and Facebook. When asked by Trump’s attorney what her opinion of Trump is, the woman said, “I don’t really have one, especially in a courtroom. He can be treated as anyone else.” “No one is above the law,” she said.When pressed again on what opinion she walked into the courtroom with, the woman replied, “I didn’t even know I was walking into this… I am here for my civic duty.” Juror #3 is a young to middle-aged Asian man who lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The man said he grew up in Oregon and has been an attorney for five years practicing corporate law. The man said he enjoys hiking and running, and reads his news from The New York Times and Google.Juror #4 is an older, middle-aged man who lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The man was born in Puerto Rico, is self-employed and has worked as an IT consultant for approximately 10 years. The man said he has been married for “a long time,” and has one child and two grandchildren. He said his wife is a writer, and his child works in sales and research. “I have no spare time,” he said, when asked about his hobbies. “I guess my hobby is my family.” The man said he works with community non-profits and said he has previously served on a jury in a civil case, but he did not remember the verdict. He said he gets his news from the New York Daily News, the New York Times and Google. He said he also listens to podcasts. As for Trump, the juror said he finds him to be “fascinating and mysterious.” “He walks into a room, and he sets people off one way or another,” the juror said. “I find that really interesting. Really, this guy can do all of this — wow. That’s what I think.” Juror #5 is a young Black woman. She said she is a Harlem native and has been a teacher of English Language Arts for eight years. The woman was previously a caseworker at a juvenile detention center and now works at Kip New York City Charter Schools. She said she has a masters’ degree in education. “I’m creative at heart,” she said, adding that she enjoys photography. The woman said that she is not married and does not have children. Her mother was an administrative aide in the New York Police Department, and her godfather was an NYPD homicide detective. The woman said she gets her news from Google and TikTok. She was asked if Trump chose not to testify, whether she would hold that against him. “I won’t hold that against him,” she said. She explained that she has friends who have strong opinions on the former president but said she is not a political person and tries to avoid political conversations. She did say, however, that she appreciates Trump’s candor. “President Trump speaks his mind, and I’d rather that than someone who’s in office who you don’t know what they’re thinking,” she said. When jurors were asked if they were aware Trump was charged in other cases than Bragg’s, most jurors were. However, juror #5 raised her hand to indicate that she was learning of additional charges for the first time. Juror #6 is a young woman who lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. She described herself as a New Yorker. The woman is a software engineer for the Walt Disney Company. She said she likes to dance. Juror #7 is a White man who lives on the Upper East Side. He is originally from North Carolina and is an attorney and civil litigator. The man said he is married with two children, and his wife works in risk management for a bank. He said he enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family. The man said he gets his news from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post and the Washington Post. When asked if his career as a lawyer would impact his ability to serve fair and impartially, or whether his opinions would get in his way, the man said that he does have “political views as to the Trump presidency” and said there were likely Trump administration policies he disagreed with. “I don’t know the man and I don’t have any opinions about him personally,” he said. As for his career as a lawyer, he said he does not have any opinions about Trump’s character. “I certainly follow the news,” he said. “I’m aware there are other lawsuits out there. But I’m not sure that I know anyone’s character.” Fox News’ Grace Taggart contributed to this report. 
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