MARK GILLISPIE and GEOFF MULVIHILL
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin.
The second day of picking a jury began after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, for the second day in a row, denied a request from defendants to delay the trial because of reports of a settlement offer.
By late Thursday morning, 24 potential jurors had been qualified, so the sides could start removing jurors from the pool without giving a reason. One complication in selecting a jury is that the pool comes from counties around Cleveland that have been hard hit by the crisis.
Federal data shows that from 2006 through 2012, the area received more doses of opioids per person tha