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State Supreme Court orders jury selection to stop in Strong case

1:49 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The state Supreme Court has issued a ruling that the jury selection must stop in the Mark Strong case.

In the statement, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says the following:

"The Court has received an expedited interlocutory appeal from the Superior Court's denial of the motion of Maine Today Media, Inc. to intervene in the above-captioned criminal matter, related to the public's access to jury selection proceedings. The Court also has pending before it a petition from Maine Today in the nature of a request for mandamus or prohibition. To allow the Court to consider the pending matters, the jury selection process is hereby STAYED pending further order of this Court, anticipated to issue today."

 Prosecutors allege Mark Strong helped finance the prostitution operation out of a Zumba studio for instructor Alexis Wright. He is also accused of setting up the video cameras to record the clients. Wright is expected to go on trial in May.

All of the potential jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire asking if they've heard about the investigation of Strong, Wright and numerous johns who have plead guilty in connection with the case. They were also asked questions about prostitution and whether or they think it should be legalized in Maine. They were also asked about pornography and if they would have a problem viewing it as part of this trial.

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