Trump New York hush money criminal trial

2:46 p.m. ET, April 16, 2024

Judge rejects defense challenge for cause regarding first potential juror

Judge Juan Merchan rejected the defense team’s challenge for cause.

“Juror #1 is rejected, who’s your next?” he told Trump lawyer Todd Blanche.

Blanche replied: “Juror No. 2.”

What does that mean: Trump’s lawyers are seeking to have some potential jurors dismissed for cause — which, if successful, means they wouldn’t have to resort to one of their 10 strikes.

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