Most Trump jurors lean 'left-of-center,' New York Times reports

 April 21, 2024

Former President Donald Trump and his allies have long argued that receiving a fair jury trial in Manhattan will be nearly impossible. 

According to Breitbart, that's more than speculation, as it was reported by the New York Times' Maggie Haberman that Trump's jurors lean more left-of-center than not.

The bombshell -- but unsurprising -- report only served as further evidence that Trump will not receive a fair shake by a jury in Manhattan, which could force him into more legal hurdles in the inevitable appeals process.

The jurors' political leanings are almost purely based on math. Manhattan is heavily blue, and President Joe Biden won the district with 86% support last election.

Shock admission

Haberman, who is also an analyst for CNN, admitted that there's not much in the way of neutrality on Trump's 12-person jury.

"One thing that’s been striking during this round of voir dire is there a lot of people who, based on their answers, are more left-of-center than not, politically," Haberman wrote.

She added, "But some seem to be trying to show they can consider alternative viewpoints, and others seem to want to show they believe in the concept of jury service as independent from personal opinions."

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley warned of one of the greatest threats to Trump's legal future -- stealth jurors.

"Only about 12 percent of the people in this area voted for Trump," Turley told Fox News. "The jurors you have to worry about are the ones who are sort of ‘Trojan horse jurors,’ who are hiding bias that doesn’t appear on social media or are involved in any formal charges like the one that was just removed today."

The jury situation

Several jurors had already been dismissed by week's end. One of them cited identity concerns, and the other juror who was let go was released for unknown reasons.

Of course, 12 jurors will be seated for the trial, and there will be a total of five alternate jurors, for a total of 18.

So far, only one alternate has been chosen, and it was reported that jury selection should be finalized by early this week.

One can bet that Trump's lawyers are watching the jurors like a hawk to make sure they're as unbiased as possible. Only time will tell if they miss anything.

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