Court update Wed. April 19: The Journal News Steve Lieberman from the US District Court in White Plains
What happened today: “About two dozen potential jurors were dismissed over the course of the day for conflicts or personal hardships that would make it hard for them to serve for the trial’s duration. They included a Rockland County resident who knew one of the 84 people listed as possible witnesses, in this case, an employee of a nonprofit, and a Rockland County groundskeeper.
The remainder were put through a nearly 50-question screening process; about 35 people went through that step over the course of the day.
Most of those are still waiting to learn if they ultimately will be seated on the jury. Those questioned who still could end up on the jury include a woman from Garnerville who works as an analyst for a commercial real estate company and a man who works as an information technology manager and lives in Valley Cottage.
What they are being asked: Questions include whether the potential juror had any previous issues with the Securities and Exchange Commission, whether the person has any relatives in law enforcement, and whether the person has any close friends or relatives who have been arrested or targeted in an investigation. Potential jurors are being asked where they were born and raised, how long they have lived in their current town and about their highest level of education. In addition to the witness list, they are being asked about whether they have any connection to another 25 entities, including law firms and construction companies, and whether they are familiar with 24 places, such as the village of Airmont.
Ramapo rally: While St. Lawrence was in the White Plains courtroom, about a half-dozen residents rallied against him outside of Ramapo Town Hall. The group included Suffern Mayor Ed Markunas.”
Read the complete Journal News story here.