We're at Day Three, which should be the final day, of jury selection. We may run late into the afternoon, but Judge Walton seems committed to get it done.
We have 24 in the potential juror pool so far. 9 have been excused. We need to get to 36 acceptable potential jurors, then then we'll get to both sides' peremptory challenges. I don't have this solid, but what I gather is the prosecution holds 6 peremptory strikes and then 2 more for potential alternates, while the defense holds 10 strikes with an additional two for alternates. That makes for a total of 20 strikes to come from the eventual availble pool of 36 to be completed, leaving 12 jurors and 4 alternates. Got that? Now if a train is moving west toward Memphis at forty-five miles per hour in the rain. . .
If you want a flavor of the very interesting personalities coming to life during the vior dire process, be sure to follow the links I put up in my post last night, to which I'll add this one from David Corn.
Anecdotally, the racial makeup of the jury pool that responded to the call for jurors was mostly white. I did not see the whole assemblage of about 60 people, but one witness said it looked roughly to be two-thirds white. Our current 24 elegible jurors, as we begin selection Thursday, falls out in this way, by my count: 15 women, 9 men. Of the women, 12 appear to be white and 3 appear to be African American. Of the men, 7 appear to be white, one Middle Eastern and one appears to be African American. Of those already excused, I may have missed one in my notes, but I believe 5 were white, 2 African American and 1 Latina.
And now we begin today's live blogging of jury selection. Welcome back!