Dale and Leilani Neumann
9:00am Day two of the jury trial for Leilani Neumann is underway.
The judge, DA Jill Falstad and ADA LaMont Jacobson, defense attorney Gene Linehan, his assistant and Leilani Neumann along with a bailiff (I hope that's spelled right) a couple other court officials, the newspaper reporter and I are also on hand as individual questioning continues in the judge's chambers.
The first potential juror questioned today is another man.
The questioning begins and is along the same lines as yesterday. The DA asks the first man questions about his beliefs in medical science. What religion he is and if he has an opinion on religion.
After a few quick questions from Linehan about the man's ability to remain fair and impartial he's done.
All agree he's acceptable and the number of jurors is now up to 17.
9:07 Questioning of another juror is underway.
Same questions from DA. This woman's husband is a nurse and brother-in-law an attorney. When asked about the impact sequestration would have, she says her husband has vacation next week, so it would not be a hardship.
Questions now from defense, again along the same lines as the others.
All agree she's acceptable and the number is now up to 18. Remember, the goal is 24 from which 10-will be dismissed by the prosecution and defense.
9:20 Questioning of a woman in may be her 40's or 50's begins.
After the first question from the judge she becomes very emotional, on verge of tears. Says she's a hair dresser and when the story first came out every customer she had said Neumann was guilty. But she told them everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
She says she was in the same place as Neumann years ago, but doesn't explain further.
Finally, she says she admires Neumann for praying for her daughter, but follows up with prayers need to be followed up on.
She says since Neumann is fighting for her life, the case has to be taken very seriously. Neumann, who's been sitting quietly thoughout the questioning in chambers, vigorously nods her head when the woman says "she's fighting for her life."
The woman goes on to explain the child had spinal meningitis and died in 1996 in a car accident.
A.D.A. asks if, as emotional as she seems, can she handle the emotion and tension that will be part of this trial. She says yes.
Defense asks if there's a lot of gossip in a salon. She says there can be.
The woman is accepted, bringing the number of jurors up to 19.
9:55 Questioning of another man begins with standard questions from judge.
D.A. asks the standard questions about kids again. No questions from the defense this time.
Juror is approved and the number is up to 20.
10:30 After a short break, questioning in chambers begins again. It's a man in his 40's or 50's.
Standard questions from D.A. Standard questions from defense.
The man is approved as juror #21.
10:45 Questioning of another juror begins. A woman in probably her 40's.
D.A. begins normal questioning. Defense takes over questioning, they're along the same lines.
Linehan asks the woman, who says she goes to an unnamed, non-denominational Christian church, if she would have a problem with people who interpret the Bible literally. She says she does not.
The woman is approved as juror #22.
10:58 Questioning begins of a woman in her late 30's may be early 40's.
The judge asks the standard questions, followed by the D.A. Now being questioned by defense.
The woman is approved as a juror. She is 23, remember the goal is 24, after which 5-will be dismissed by the defense and 5 by the prosecution.
11:07 Questioning begins again. It's a young man in his 20's. Tells the judge he just went back to work after being off for 8-months. Says he won't be paid if he misses work. All agree he can be excused from jury duty.
11:10 Clerk of Court stops in to say a juror previously chosen has a son with a medical condition and her doctor says putting her on the jury is not a good idea. She is excused, taking us back to 22.
11:12 The next potential juror is excused when she says her husband is already on the jury.
11:15 The next juror called is a young woman in her 20's.
Judge begins with questioning. DA and defenses question young woman. She is approved as Juror #23.
11:32 Questioning of another potential juror begins.
The judge, D.A. and defense all take their turns with again standard questioning. The woman is in her 20's. Juror #24 approved. Strikes will be made after the lunch break.
1:33 Back in open court.
Clerk is reqarding off names of jurors.
It's 7 men and 7 women. Judge tells jury they can go home Friday night, but not to read, watch or listen to media accounts of the case and not talk to anyone about it.
Day two of Neumann trial over. Day 3 begins Saturday morning at 9 with opening statements.
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