There will ultimately be 12 jurors and six alternates hearing the case, who are expected to be chosen on 29 November, when opening statements are due to get underway. It is thought likely that the trial will go on until mid-January.
The judge reminded candidates that Maxwell must be considered innocent until the verdict is given at the conclusion of her trial. Prospective jurors then reportedly faced questioning on their knowledge of Maxwell, Epstein and people and places potentially associated with the pair, such as Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club, where they were both former guests. Such avenues of inquiry are intended to screen the prospective jurors for partiality.
Some candidates reportedly stated that they had heard of Epstein but not Maxwell, while others said they had heard of both. Nathan als sought to determine whether potential jurors had experienced sexual harassment or had negative experiences with law enforcement, which could affect their ability to remain impartial. The MailOnline adds that candidates were asked if they had ‘specific familiarity’ with Mar-a-Lago.
The news outlet also reports that Renato Stabile, who formerly worked as a jury consultant for Harvey Weinstein, was present in court, having apparently been hired to advise Maxwell’s legal team.
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