Live updates: Prospective jurors screened as Trump Organization criminal trial kicks off

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  • Jury selection in the criminal tax-fraud case against the Trump Organization began Monday. 
  • Prospective jurors gasped when they were told what case they could be deciding.
  • The jurors will decide whether or not the organization defrauded tax officials.

Jury selection kicked off on Monday in the criminal tax-fraud case against the Trump Organization, former President Donald Trump’s business.

“Some of you are about to be selected for a trial in a criminal case,” some 130 prospective jurors were told by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who swore them in just after 11 a.m. at a downtown Manhattan courtroom Monday.

Selected jurors must determine whether or not the Trump Organization defrauded tax authorities. The Trump Organization is accused of paying executives some of their compensation off the books in the form of untaxed perks like free apartments and cars.

Jurors were notified that the trial is expected to last until the December holiday season.

Some potential jurors gasped in court as a judge revealed they might serve on the Trump Org criminal trial

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America rally Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott, Ariz.

Some potential jurors in the criminal tax-fraud trial of Donald Trump’s real-estate and golf-resort empire gasped in a Manhattan court on Monday when they learned they might serve in a case surrounding the former president’s business. 

The jury that is ultimately chosen in the high-profile trial will determine if the Trump Organization defrauded tax authorities .

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A prospective juror excused from Trump Organization tax evasion trial said ‘there is no chance in hell’ she could have been impartial

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022.

A New York advertising executive who was excused from the potential jury pool in the criminal tax-fraud trial of Donald Trump’s real-estate and golf-resort empire on Monday said that “there is no chance in hell” she could be impartial about anything to do with the former Republican president. 

“He’s guilty in my mind whatever the case is — anything he does, anything his corporation does,” the 34-year-old Manhattan woman who would only identify herself as Adrienne told reporters in reference to Trump as she was on her way out of New York Supreme Court in lower Manhattan. 

The woman, who lives in the Midtown East neighborhood, made the remarks as jury selection was underway in the tax evasion trial of Trump’s business, the Trump Organization. 

Even though Trump himself is not on trial in the high-profile case, Adrienne said there was “no way” she could be impartial.

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Jury selection for the Trump Organization trial started with a warning: Brace for a long trial

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Donald Trump at a rally in Minden, Nevada, on October 8, 2022. Newly released footage shows Trump complaining about his popularity with American Jews.

Jury selection began in the criminal tax-fraud trial of former President Donald Trump’s business, the Trump Organization, on Monday morning.

Some 130 prospective jurors were crammed into a downtown Manhattan courtroom on Monday for the initial culling of the pool based on whether they can be impartial and serve on a trial that could last until the brink of the holidays.

“Some of you are about to be selected for a trial in a criminal case,” they were told by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who swore them in at just after 11 a.m.

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