NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection was underway Tuesday in the attempted extortion trial of a California attorney whose representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with President Donald Trump catapulted him to fame.
Prospective jurors were being questioned by a judge seeking unbiased people to hear the trial of Michael Avenatti.
The questioning by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe began late in the morning, and it was unclear whether a jury would be seated in time to begin opening statements before Wednesday.
Answers to a brief questionnaire filled out by about 120 prospective jurors on Monday confirmed that most of them had heard of Avenatti, 48, or the charges against him. Most said it would not affect their ability to be impartial.
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