After the judge addresses the new panel (during which he tried his best to make serving sound like an attractive proposition), the jurors are returning for individual questioning.
The defense apparently makes objection to the composition of the jury and the judge's instructions; however, because the defense insist on no mic at their table, I've no idea what they said.
Juror #3382 (male) Civilian attorney working with Central Command. He's involved in negotiating govt contracts. Excused.
Juror #3305 (female) Begins college courses Tuesday, also works. Would lose tuition and be unable to pass courses missing that much time. Employer would not pay her during service. Excused.
Juror #3397 (male) Trader with brokerage firm. Says employer would pay but it would greatly affect his dept at work. Had back surgery last fall, uncomfortable sitting for long periods. Judge tells him he can stand if it's more comfortable. He is retained.
Juror #3054 (female) Says it would be uncomfortable, but not a hardship. She will be paid by employer and someone can take care of her home. Adult son was a victim of armed robbery. Upon questioning by Mason, says it would be hardship if employer won't pay entire length of jury service. She will check and let the court know. Retained (for now).
Juror #3290 (female) Sole caretaker of her 88 yr old mother, who suffers from dementia. Would have to send her mom back to Illinois or put her in a nursing home. Excused.
Juror #3038 (female) Says it would not pose hardship. Mason asks her if she's sure employer would pay for 2 months. Says she's pretty sure. Retained.
Juror #3206 (female) Says it would be mentally very difficult for her because she's never been away from her husband in 42 yrs of marriage. Says she's been prone to homesickness all her life. She's retained.
Juror #3316 (male) No hardship, but would need his medications. Retained.
Juror #3069 (female) Only one at home who works, runs dept at work, has pets to be cared for. Says employer would pay her for service but would be hardship for new dept for her to be gone that long. Retained.
Juror # 3_63 (female) No hardship, but has 50th high school reunion and trip to visit her quadruplet grandchildren. Retained.
Juror #3052 (male) Slight inconvenience, but not hardship. Will prevent him from being part of a show he's been working on, but other than that no issues. Retained.
Juror #3211 (male) Doesn't understand the word "hardship," so judge explains. Juror says his wife is very sick and needs his assistance. Native language is Spanish, says he has trouble with some of the words used in the courtroom. Excused.
Juror #3203 (male) No hardship. Just started business but can get brother to help with it. Retained. But wait -- mentions at last minute a trip to see kids tomorrow out of state. He's asked to check to see if tickets can be refunded. Will let court know. Retained (for now).
Juror #3308 (male) Has vacation next week to see grandmother, would be an inconvenience. Nonrefundable tickets. Also nice seats for baseball game which are nonrefundable. He is to let judge if airline fare can be refunded. If so, he will personally see about getting the juror tickets to a different, later Brewers game. Retained (for now).
Juror #3158 (male) No financial hardship. Has some Little League obligations, but someone else could cover. Has sleep apnea/narcolepsy. Might get sleepy and miss something. Mr. George questions him. (This guy doesn't have true narcolepsy as he indicated...he falls asleep from lack of sleep; still a problem, though.) They actually retain this juror. (Slim pickins)
Juror #3385 (female) Two-time cancer survivor. Gets down on her knees every day to thank the Lord for that. Also is a Catholic who attends mass twice a day and takes the Eucharist. Doesn't think they can accommodate her needs in that regard. Judge says there is church nearby where she could go each day at lunch if she wanted. Also could be sure a priest could come and visit her if she wishes. Would be allowed to pray in private or in jury room if she wanted.
Juror said it would not be the same as attending daily mass and receiving the blessed sacrament, that it's "essential" for her to be there every day. Guess she figures the extremely devout should be exempt from civic duty of jury service? Mason objects to her being excused. Judge says neither side will want to have to cut their examinations short to accommodate her requirements. Excused.
**Note - Juror 3023 has returned. Cost of changing his air tickets would be $125 but is willing to reschedule if cost is covered. He'll come back after lunch for more questioning before changing tickets. Juror 3308 says Delta will refund airfare. Judge will try to get him Brewers tickets for later. Juror makes sure to say they are behind home plate (laughter erupts).
Juror #3029 (male) Financial hardship, wouldn't be able to meet mortgage, pay bills. Caregiver for his 6 yr old son. Excused.
Juror #3131 (female) Has first-ever overseas trip (London). Judge asks her when it's scheduled. Laughter ensues when she misunderstands and says, "Oh, thank you," and tries to leave. Judge bursts her bubble and continues questioning. She is to let employer (school board) know they may need to replace her during this period. She thinks she'll be paid for 15 days service. Judge told her to find out whether superintendent of school board is "civic minded" as far as compensation. Retained (for now).
Juror #3019 (female) Her employer will not pay beyond 3 days' service. Tells judge she was told her job wouldn't be secure. Judge informs her employer cannot fire her for jury service. She says she could not make it unpaid beyond the 3 days compensation. Excused.
Juror #3012 (male) Undergoing cancer treatment. Immediately excused without objection.
Juror #3015 (female) She's awaiting a kidney transplant but says it's no hardship. Will need to have labs done once during that time. No other hardships. Very cheerful, upbeat, willing to do her duty. Retained.
**Brief recess. By my count, there have been 21 jurors screened thus far this morning, with 13 of those being retained for further questioning and 8 excused.
Juror #___ (female) Audio just cut back in on screening-in-process, so I didn't catch her juror number. She is citing family business responsibilities as a hardship. Excused.
Juror #3119 (female) Two small children. Her husband has never cared for them alone for more than a day. He could manage, but it would be difficult for all of them. Judge wants her to discuss it with husband and let them know on second round of questioning. Retained for the time being.
Juror #3194 (male) Is only one in his company who can do business permits. They'd be out of business if work couldn't be done. Excused.
Juror #3283 (male) Would suffer financially. Says he doesn't think employer would not pay for entire length of trial. Judge wants him to find out during the lunch break. Retained (for now).
**Court is in lunch recess until 1:30. There have been 15 of 25 jurors retained from this morning's proceedings.