Jury Selection Complete in Harvey Weinstein Trial

Jury Selection Complete in Harvey Weinstein Trial
Jury selection is complete in Harvey Weinstein’s trial, following a contentious process and accusations that the defense was trying to exclude white women from the panel.

The 12-member jury is composed of seven men and five women. Three alternates were also chosen. Opening statements are expected to take place on Wednesday.

Each side was allotted 20 peremptory challenges — allowing them to exclude jurors for any reason. Two white women made it onto the panel after the defense ran out of challenges.

One of the white women wrote a novel about predatory older men in New York. After the woman was seated on the jury, the defense objected and asked for a mistrial, alleging that the woman had misrepresented herself on the jury questionnaire. The request was denied.

The other jurors are six white men, one black man, two black women, and one woman who is black and Latino. Of the three alternates,
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