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Jury selection starts at Matthew Martoma’s trial

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Prosecution and defense lawyers began the tedious task of jury selection Tuesday in the trial of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Matthew Martoma who is charged with engaging the most lucrative inside trading scheme in the U.S. financial history.

According to City AM US District Judge Paul Gardephe told the 80 potential jurors to keep an open mind and steer clear of media reports while they are being considered as a juror.

The potential candidates were given questionnaires to determine if they are suited to act as jury during the trial which is expected to last more than three weeks. The trial of Martoma has generated so much interest in New York because of the high profile people and firms it involved.

A Reuters report said the jurors were asked of their knowledge about Martoma and how much information from the media have they read or heard of Cohen and SAC Capital.

One juror wrote in the questionnaire that Martoma was involved "an unsavory and corrupt industry." That juror was excused by Gardephe along with another potential juror who voiced out "political bias against Wall Street, its practices and its excessive greed." After Tuesday’s questioning, 26 potential jurors were excused by the judge a......................

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