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Zumba Trial Tests Patience of Prospective Jurors
01/28/2013 9:30 AM ET  

After four days, a jury has still not been selected in the trial of a key figure in the prostitution scandal at a Kennebunk Zumba studio.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ The trial of a key figure in a prostitution scandal at a Zumba studio in Maine remains on hold, with potential jurors being told to stay home Monday.

The state is appealing the judge's dismissal of 46 out of 59 counts against Mark Strong Sr.

Jury selection, which began last week in Superior Court in Alfred, cannot resume until the appeal is resolved.

The defense is worried that the lengthy delays could cause potential jurors to turn against Strong even before jury selection is completed and the trial begins in earnest.

Jury expert Valerie Hans from Cornell University Law School says surveys show jurors hate delays. But she says there's no research showing that they would punish a defendant.


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