Trump Stormy Daniels Hush Money Trial Jury is Set: Let the Betting Begin

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We have all the latest news pertaining to the so-called Hush Money Trial involving former US President Donald Trump and one time adult actress Stormy Daniels.  Betting is available for this trial with odds initially offered on the number of guilty counts (under 5 pays $150, over 5 pays $175).


Jury Set: Opening Arguments Likely on Monday

(April 19, 2024) - What was supposed to take as much as three weeks took just under four days - The jury selection process in the Donald Trump Stormy Daniels New York Hush Money Trial.  Now it's time to get all those trial props up.  

Full jury of 12 people and 6 alternates is seated in former President Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York.

Remarkably, some of the prospective jurors were folks that most certainly would not have benefited the former President.

Fox News was reporting that those jurors dismissed today included: One who worked for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, another who works for the company that produces likely witness and former Trump "fixer" (attorney) Michael Cohen’s podcast, and yet another who is close family friends with former New Jersey Governor and Trump critic Chris Christie.

Two Picked Jurors Removed

(April 18, 2024) - The Trump/Stormy Daniels Hush Money Trial resumed on Thursday following a day off Wednesday and there were plenty of fireworks.  Two of the chosen jurors were dismissed.

One felt she could not be impartial and feared she might be outed.

"You know, he looked less orange, definitely, like, more yellowish, like yellow," the released juror told Yasmin Vossoughian of MSNBC. "He looks — he doesn't look angry or — I think he looks bored. Like, he wants this to finish. And go do his stuff."

Another juror was dismissed after he apparently failed to disclose prior encounters with the judicial system when he was picked for the jury.  Assistant District Attorney Josh Steinglass questioned the juror, a grandfather originally from Puerto Rico who earlier indicated he found Trump "fascinating."

Trump Hush Money Trial Opening Statements Could Begin as Soon as Monday

(April 16, 2024) - What was expected to be a slow process is actually off to a fast start with seven jurors already selected, including two lawyers and a foreman from Ireland.

The seventh juror was sworn in to serve during Donald Trump‘s hush money trial, as proceedings ended for the day.  The selection process will continue on Thursday with a day off Wednesday.

Pundits initially believed the jury selection would continue until the end of the month.  Now Judge Juan Merchan has hinted at opening statements potentially being heard as early as Monday and he advised the selected jurors to show up on that day.

Twelve jurors and as many as six alternates have to be seated before testimony begins.

Bookies May Offer Trump Falling Asleep Prop Bet

(April 16, 2024) - Make that two days in a row that the former US President reportedly fell asleep.  It's only Day 2.

This time it wasn't just Maggie Haberman reporting this on CNN.

From Mediaite:

CNN contributor Norm Eisen tweeted on Tuesday: “Trump is asleep again” at nearly 11:00 AM. And his account was corroborated by others on site. During an on air hit in the 10 a.m. hour, MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian passed along contributor Lisa Rubin’s observation of Trump as having his eyes closed and “leaning to the left.”

Law360’s Frank G. Runyeon had a detailed play-by-play of Trump allegedly dozing off. On Twitter/X, he wrote: “Trump’s head slowly dropped, his eyes closed. It jerked back upward. He adjusts himself. Then, his head droops again. He straightens up, leaning back. His head [droops] for a third time, he shakes his shoulders. Eyes closed still. His head drops. Finally, he pops his eyes open.”

Because the trial will not be broadcast live, BetOnline and other gambling websites would have to rely on reporters accounts with limited verification.  For example, more than one reporter making the claim. 

The trial is currently in the juror selection phase, which is widely expected to last through the end of this month.

Prison Odds Before a Guilty Finding?

(April 16, 2024) - Trump convicted and serves jail time before end of 2025: Yes pays $100 on a $10 bet (any indictment matter).  These are the odds currently offered by BetOnline.  Notice the conviction requirement.

BetOnline does not yet offer odds on Trump being sent to jail without a conviction.

Judge Juan Merchan issued Trump a stern warning about his attendance at his criminal trial.  He needs to show up or face going to jail.

To be clear, there is no indication Trump intends not to show.  He's been there for both days thus far.

The prosecution also sought to hold Trump in contempt if he violates Merchan’s gag order which prevents him from attacking witnesses or members of the court.

MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin reports that the District Attorney’s office stated they “will be seeking an order to show cause why Defendant should not be held in contempt.”

Six jurors have already been chosen.

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