Trump Complains Jury Selection Moving Too Fast in NY Case

Former President Donald Trump visits a bodega in the Harlem neighborhood of upper Manhattan where a worker killed a man who had assaulted him in 2022, on April 16, 2024, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/TNS)

NEW YORK (New York Daily News/TNS)— Former President Donald Trump complained Wednesday about jury selection in his Manhattan business records case as the trial moves faster than expected toward opening statements.

After prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on a surprisingly robust total of seven jurors in one day on Tuesday, Trump sought to tap the brakes on the process that seemed to be going remarkably smoothly.

The first former president to face a criminal trial said he should be allowed to reject as many jurors as he wants if he suspects the Manhattan residents aren’t going to give him a fair shake.

“I thought STRIKES were supposed to be “unlimited” when we were picking our jury?” Trump wrote on his social media site. “I was then told we only had 10, not nearly enough.”

He denounced Manhattan as the “2nd worst venue” for a trial, apparently comparing it with Washington, D.C., where he will face a separate federal election interference trial.

So far, Trump’s defense and prosecutors have each used six out of 10 allowed so-called strikes to dismiss jurors they suspect may be problematic for their side.

“He’s rushing this trial, doing everything he can for the Democrats,” Trump said of presiding Judge Juan Merchan.

Trump is facing allegations that he falsified his business records to cover up payments made to suppress harmful information during the 2016 election cycle.

Some legal analysts predicted it would take a couple of weeks or more to pick a jury in the case. Now it looks like they could finish this week, in time for the trial to kick off in earnest on Monday.

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