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For US v Parnas and Kukushkin 15 Jurors Picked After DOJ and Politico Excluded Now Openings Oct 13

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order Podcast Song

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 12 - In the Lev Parnas and Andrey Kukushkin trial jury selection process on the morning October 12, one of the first prospective jurors said his brother is a real estate lawyer for the Trump Organization. 

 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge J. Paul Oetken asked if that would make the man less than fair. No, the man replied. And so it continued, until 15 jurors (10 men, 5 women, three of the 15 alternates) were selected, with a political animal and a former DOJ employee excluded. Inner City Press live tweeted here: 

Another prospective juror for US v. Parnas and Kukushkin tells Judge Oetken he has a "Yes" answer to the questionnaire but would prefer to talk about it at the sidebar. There's more and more of that.

 Now prospective juror whose brother works for Trump Organization tells Judge Oetken he listens to podcasts, and likes comedies. Previously juror said she gets her news from YouTube and likes scary movies. Jury selection inching along; consultants Googling wildly

Next prospective juror says he gets his new from Univision, lives with his Uber driver son. Judge Oetken: What are your readings? A: (sounds like diverse) Judge Oetken: Can you say that again?

A: Divers. Divers magazine. Like, the sea.

Next prospective juror says he usually does tech consulting, mentions Salesforce - but says he's currently working at a climbing gym on the Upper West Side. Likes podcasts. (Here's Inner City Press' podcast

 Next prospective juror reads W Magazine, and "a lot of Puerto Rican news," asks for a sidebar. Granted.

Next prospective juror is a train conductor. Judge Oetken: So is it your voice we hear, about the closing doors? A: No. Judge Oetken: And what do you read? A: The Chief. J: ? #BodegaStaple

Next prospective juror work for IBM, lives in Westchester, mentions German.

Judge Oetken; But you are a US citizen, right? A: Yes. Re TV, Judge Oetken asks, Did you watch Babylon Berlin?

 Next prospective juror, a self-described cord-cutter, doesn't watch TV. But says he comes across politic-o/al articles.

Judge Oekten: What kind of political articles?

A: I said, Politico.

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On October 11 Kukushkin asked to exclude a slew of Government Exhibits, full 8-page letter on Patreon here.

On October 5 Judge Oetken held the final pre-trial conference in advance of October 12 jury selection. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below (podcast here)

Late on October 7 the US Attorney's Office has written to Judge Oetken seeking rulings in advance to admit exhibits including "The Inaugural Committee Articles, the FEC Complaint Article, the Time cover, and the Russian Root Emails." Full letter on Patreon here. And now, song here.

On September 10, Igor "The Glue" Fruman pleaded guilty. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (with vlog; podcast here)

The case is US v. Parnas, et al., 19-cr-00725 (Oetken).


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