“Christopher St. Lawrence has arrived at court for his federal corruption trial, set to begin with jury selection this morning.
An estimated 60 potential jurors will pack the sixth-floor courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel, who will lead federal prosecutors and St. Lawrence’s attorneys in choosing 12 jurors and four alternatives. Lawyers have drafted dozens of questions for prospective jurors, including their feelings toward politicians, if they read or heard about the case or St. Lawrence, and if they had an opinion on the case. The jurors also will be asked where they live and if they can view the evidence without any bias.
The judge and attorneys expect the trial could last up to six weeks.
Opening statements will begin once a jury is empaneled, possibly as soon as Thursday. The case is not scheduled to be in court on Friday.
St. Lawrence, the supervisor for nearly 17 years, faces a 22-count federal grand jury indictment charging him with committing securities fraud, conspiracy and wire fraud. A conviction would boot him from office.”
Read the complete Journal News coverage here.http://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/18/st-lawrence-corruption-trial-ramapo/100595348/