Updated Apr 9, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Read: Judge releases jury questionnaire in Trump hush money trial

Former President Donald Trump listens as his attorney Todd Blanche speaks during a press conference at 40 Wall Street after a pre-trial hearing on March 25, 2024 in New York City.

Former President Trump in New York City last month. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The judge overseeing former President Trump's hush money trial released on Monday a questionnaire that he plans to use in the New York case's jury selection process.

The big picture: State Judge Juan Merchan outlined in a letter the 42 questions he'll use to select 12 jurors, after an appeals court rejected Trump's latest attempt to delay the trial that's scheduled to start with jury selection on April 15.

  • Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in the case, which stems from a 2016 payment he's accused of making to adult film actor Stormy Daniels.

Zoom in: Merchan rejected arguments from Trump's legal team that potential jurors should be asked whether they like the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

  • "Such questions are irrelevant because they do not go to the issue of the prospective juror's qualifications," Merchan wrote, according to the letter to prosecutors and the defense.
  • However, potential jurors will be asked whether they have any feelings or opinions about how Trump is being treated in the case, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and about the media they read or watch.
  • Other questions include whether a prospective juror is a member of an extremist movement such as QAnon or the Proud Boys.

Read: Acting New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan's letter in full, via DocumentCloud (juror questionnaire starts on page 11):

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details from Judge Juan Merchan's letter and further context.

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