Trump trial: Weeklong jury selection ends with 12 jurors and 6 alternates

A New York judge chose five jurors on Friday to serve as alternates in the hush money case against Donald Trump, marking the conclusion of the jury selection phase of the former president’s trial.

The process, which began Monday in Manhattan, wrapped up more quickly than some legal experts had anticipated but still featured its share of challenges throughout the week. Judge Juan Merchan and attorneys repeatedly encountered prospective jurors with preconceived opinions about Trump, and controversy arose at one point over journalists reporting information about jurors that made them potentially identifiable.

A pool of reporters in the courtroom circulated details about the selection process as it played out.

Of the alternate jurors selected on Friday, one is a native New Yorker who works in technology and whose father was a police officer
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