Maine Zumba trial on hold pending appeal decision

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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Both Strong and Wright pleaded not guilty to all of their charges. She will be tried at a later date.

The jury selection process moved in fits and starts with a pool of more than 140 potential jurors reporting to court a week ago. But a pair of appeals to the state supreme court, one focusing on the closed-door selection process, left potential jurors spinning their wheels for days on end.

Defense lawyer Dan Lilley repeated his assertion that his client has a right to a speedy trial and that prosecutors' decision to appeal the privacy counts' dismissal was frivolous.

But Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan said the various charges are interconnected, requiring the same witnesses to testify to all of them.

The judge ruled that trial had to stop until the supreme court rules on the issue of privacy violations. Members of the jury pool remain on duty until March 1, so they could be recalled if the state supreme court rules before then.

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