Trump trial: Tumultuous day in court ends with complete bench of jurors

Donald Trump‘s third trial day in New York started with some hiccups and ended with a rush on Thursday when a judge empaneled seven new jurors, completing the bench of Manhattanites who will decide the former president’s fate in his hush money case.

The closing hour moved more efficiently than the rest of the day. The trial initially regressed with a loss in the morning of two already-empaneled jurors, at one point Judge Juan Merchan lectured reporters, and impartiality questions were raised repeatedly as the selection process dragged on, according to reports circulated by a pool of journalists in the courtroom.

Among the jurors selected were an engineer originally from California, an investment banker who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, and a physical therapist who enjoys tennis. One alternate was also chosen, and Merchan indicated that
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