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UPDATE: Maine High Court Orders Public Jury Selection in Zumba Trial
01/24/2013 02:41 PM ET  

The 6-to-1 decision is the result of Maine Today Media's challenge of a Superior Court judge's decision to conduct the process behind closed doors.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ordered that jury selection proceedings in the Zumba prostitution case be conducted in public.

The 6-to-1 decision is the result of Maine Today Media's challenge of a Superior Court judge's decision to conduct the process behind closed doors.

The ruling comes as jurors are being selected in the trial of Mark Strong, Sr., the alleged business partner of a Zumba instructor who is accused of operating a prostitution ring out of her dance studio in Kennebunk. Strong is facing 59 misdemeanor counts in the case.

Maine Today's challenge prompted the court to delay the jury selection proceedings earlier today, and the jury pool was sent home for the day.

One justice, Donald Alexander, disagreed with his colleagues.  In a dissenting opinion, Alexander writes that, given the intense media coverage of the trial, jurors might be reluctant to be candid, potentially affecting Mark Strong's rights.

The Supreme Court ruling gives those who wish to challenge today's ruling until 4:00 p.m. to file motions.



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