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Jury selection still on hold in Zumba trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

On Monday, the trial judge was given the green light to decide whether to proceed on the remaining charges. The judge ordered a hearing Tuesday on a motion to divide the case into two pieces and continue with 13 remaining counts while the state appeals her decision to dismiss 46 other counts.

It remained unclear when jury selection might resume.

Hans, a Cornell law school professor who has surveyed jurors on their experiences, said the judge in such cases can appease prospective jurors by keeping them updated on the proceedings, and explaining the importance of their job.

Even then, prospective jurors and jurors have limits to their patience, though she said there's no research to suggest that they'd punish a defendant for wasting their time.

As for the prospective jurors, they're off-limits to reporters, so no one really knows what they're thinking.

Strong, a married insurance agent, has acknowledged having a physical relationship with Wright after helping her launch her Pura Vida fitness studio by co-signing her lease and loaning her money that she repaid with interest. He said he never paid her for sex and was unaware of any prostitution.

Police said Wright videotaped many of the encounters without clients' knowledge and kept records suggesting the sex acts generated $150,000 over 18 months.

Wright faces 106 counts including prostitution and invasion of privacy for acts performed in her dance studio and in a rented office. She'll be tried later.


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