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UPDATE: Jury Pool in Zumba Prostitution Case Sent Home
01/24/2013 01:27 PM ET  

Jury selection came to a halt after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an order in response to a motion by Maine Today Media to open jury selection to the public.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ Maine's highest court has stopped jury selection in the trial of the first major figure in a prostitution scandal centered on a Zumba dance studio in Kennebunk.
Remaining members of the jury pool were sent home Thursday.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court stopped the selection process in response to a motion by the corporate parent of The Portland Press Herald to open jury selection to the public. A formal decision was expected by day's end.
Mark Strong of Thomaston pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts including conspiring with dance instructor Alexis Wright, who's accused of using her studio as a prostitution front.
His lawyers have made a motion to dismiss 47 of the counts related to invasion of privacy of accused clients who were videotaped without their knowledge.



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