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Two jurors excused in Trump's NY criminal 'hush money' trial, amid concerns of partiality, past

One juror is reportedly an oncology nurse from the city's Upper East Side neighborhood.

Published: April 18, 2024 10:07am

Updated: April 18, 2024 2:41pm

The judge in former President Donald Trump's criminal "hush money" trial in New York City on Thursday excused two of the jurors from the jury pool. 

The first juror was excused shortly after jury selection resumed in the morning in the Manhattan courtroom.

The juror is reportedly Juror 2, an oncology nurse from the city's Upper East Side neighborhood. She reportedly said she was concerned about being impartial and about aspects of her identity already being made public.

"We just lost what would have probably been a very good juror on this case," said Judge Juan Merchan.

The juror was reportedly excused without objection by either the defense or prosecution team. 

The second juror was excused in the early afternoon. 

The juror was excused after prosecution lawyers learned the juror was arrested in the 1990s for allegedly tearing down political signs, according to CNN.

The number of seated jurors now stands at five on the third day of proceedings. Thirteen more spots to be filled.

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