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Apart from the 12 jurors deliberating in Donald Trump’s hush money trial, six alternate jurors were selected before the opening statements began. They are not participating in deliberations, but they have to remain in the Manhattan courthouse.

Judge Juan Merchan on Wednesday thanked the alternates for their diligence before telling them they were not excused. “We’re not going to excuse you just yet. Please remain with us because there might be a need for you at some point during deliberations,” Merchan said.

Merchan complimented the alternate jurors saying he noticed how they were all engaged. He addressed one specifically, saying he noticed how that juror went through several notebooks. 

“You’ve been with us for a long time, and you’ve been incredibly diligent, incredibly hard-working,” Merchan told the alternates.

Some background: New York criminal procedure law outlines several cases in which an alternate would replace a juror, and that juror would be dismissed, during a trial or deliberations.

Some of those reasons include if a juror gets sick “or other incapacity,” the juror is not available to serve on the jury anymore or a juror does not show up to court, among others.

TruthPukes Take:

  • Some of those reasons include if a juror gets sick “or other incapacity,” the juror is not available to serve on the jury anymore or a juror does not show up to court, among others.
  • New York criminal procedure law outlines several cases in which an alternate would replace a juror, and that juror would be dismissed, during a trial or deliberations.
  • Please remain with us because there might be a need for you at some point during deliberations,” Merchan said.
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