The 15-member jury was selected for the trial of Andrea Sneiderman on Thursday afternoon during a two-hour session in the courtroom of Judge Gregory A. Adams that could be described as serious, yet lighthearted. The trial will begin on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.
The jury, selected from a pool of 42 citizens that had been chosen from an initial pool of 283, consists of seven African American females, five African American males, two Caucasian females and one Hispanic male.
The final jury was selected through silent strikes by both the prosecution and defense lawyers in the courtroom with the entire pool of 42 prospective jurors present. The two sides in the case passed their selections back and forth until the final 15 jurors were identified.
One prospective juror was immediately released for cause after the 1:30 p.m. session began because her husband had been rushed to the hospital the night before with chest pains and it was unclear when he would be released from the hospital.
While the selection process was taking place by the lawyers, Judge Adams talked to the jury pool about what was taking place and thanked all of the prospective jurors and eight lawyers for their patience and for the efficiency of the process that had taken place since Monday.
Judge Adams commended the lawyers stating, “The lawyers are doing a great job. This is wonderful. We are a day ahead of schedule.”
At times, during his almost hour-and-a-half banter with the jurors, Judge Adams had the courtroom in laughter, causing one person to suggest he possibly could get a night job as a stand-up comic.
“I don’t mind talking,” Judge Adams said, adding he could do it for three more hours. “In fact, I actually enjoy hearing my own voice."
The only other item of business that took place Thursday afternoon was a motion filed by Sneiderman’s defense attorney John Petry, asking the judge to rule that expert witnesses can be present in the courtroom during the trial to hear the testimony presented by opposing witnesses.
The prosecution objected to the motion, so arguments about it will be heard sometime on Monday and the judge will rule on it then.