NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of prospective jurors have filled out questionnaires to see if they qualify for a New York jury that will decide the fate of five ex-employees of financier Bernard Madoff.
About 400 people answered seven questions Wednesday aimed at deciding who will be brought back next week.
The juror candidates were asked whether they or anyone they know were affected by the fraud that lost nearly $20 billion for thousands of investors. They also were asked if anything they had heard about the case would prevent them from being fair.
The five-month trial of Madoff's longtime secretary and other office workers in his private securities business begins Tuesday. They have pleaded not guilty to charges they assisted his fraud.
Madoff is serving 150 years in prison.