The 12 members of the jury for Martha Stewart's criminal trial include a clergywoman, a Uganda-born pharmacist and a man who lost money in the collapse of Enron Corp.
Jurors were selected behind closed doors, and U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum refused to disclose their names or, in many cases, their occupations. She made transcripts of the questioning available, though the names were not included.
The jurors, and some of their testimony, are as follows:
Juror 1: The woman said she is "very familiar with" Stewart and had heard of the case on the news.
Juror 2: The woman is a soon-to-be-divorced parent. She said she's "not very familiar with corporate dialect" and didn't know much about the case. When the judge said, "You appear to admire Martha Stewart," the juror said she didn't have "strong feelings one way or another."
Juror 3: The man told attorneys he had "a rather large responsibility" in his industry, though he didn't say what the industry was. He said his money manager told him he lost money in a mutual fund as a result of Enron's collapse. He said he has close friends working at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., and he plays poker with fund managers and "hedge fund people." The juror said he had paid $1,200 to go to Puerto Rico with his girlfriend on Jan. 26, though he was able to change his plans.
Juror 4: The man was questioned little by attorneys. He said he'd forgotten what he'd read about the case.
Juror 5: The woman said she belongs to the Art Directors Club in New York, where one of Stewart's art directors once gave a talk. She said she believed the criminal justice system favored the wealthy because they have more connections and hire "more expensive" lawyers. Asked if the government is prosecuting Martha Stewart because she's a powerful woman, the juror said, "I assume that the government has its reasons."
Juror 6: The woman works for a publishing and events company. She said her husband is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal who covered venture capital. Her husband in September sold his company to Dow Jones, and he knows Mary Meeker, Morgan Stanley's chief of technology research. The juror said she's met Meeker. Her son is a lawyer in Dallas. Her cousin headed Merrill Lynch's bond department in California until he retired. Prosecutors tried to have the juror dismissed.
Juror 7: The woman said her brother was a police officer in Westchester County in the 1980s and that her sister-in-law briefly worked for Merrill Lynch in Guam. She said she saw a portion of Stewart's interview with CNN's Larry King.
Juror 8: The woman once worked as a computer network engineer on Wall Street. She knows of the case from when "I channel-surf." She added, "It is not anything of interest to me."
Juror 9: The man works as a paralegal and a translator of Italian in civil lawsuits involving claims of copyright infringement. He owns stock in Merrill Lynch.
Juror 10: The man said his best friend worked her way up from a clerical job to assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch. He said he once sued the cleaner who stained an antique dress that belonged to his great aunt.
Juror 11: The woman describes herself as a minister who sometimes counsels people in matrimonial cases. She also works for a law firm that handles personal injury cases. She says she is suing a nursing home that she says was negligent in her grandmother's death.
Juror 12: The woman was "born and raised in Uganda and Egypt," according to the transcript, and has lived in the United States for "a very long time." She is a pharmacist and has read about the case in the newspapers. She said she knows of Stewart from "all these years I'm here, in the TV sometimes, her cooking recipes and stuff."
Alternates: The lawyers also selected four men and two women as alternate jurors, in the event anyone is removed from the panel during the trial.
_ BLOOMBERG NEWS