Justice Nancy Mills listens to attorney Daniel Lilley during a motion hearing in the trial of Mark Strong, Sr., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at York County Superior Court in Alfred, Maine. The remaining jury selection must be open to the public in the trial of the first major figure in a prostitution scandal centered on a Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine's highest court ruled Thursday. (AP Photo/Portland Press Herald, Gregory Rec, Pool) (The Associated Press)
Mark Strong, Sr. talks with his attorney Dan Lilley after Justice Nancy Mills dropped most of the charges against Strong, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at York County Superior Court in Alfred, Maine. Strong is on trial for helping Alexis Wright run a one-woman prostitution business from a Kennebunk dance studio. (AP Photo/Portland Press Herald, Gregory Rec, Pool) (The Associated Press)
ALFRED, Maine – The trial of a key figure in a prostitution scandal at a Zumba studio in Maine has gone through four days without a jury being selected. And it's unclear if the process will resume Monday.
A pair of appeals to the state supreme court delayed the trial of Mark Strong Sr. in Superior Court in Alfred.
The defense is worried that the lengthy delays could cause potential jurors to turn against Strong even before jury selection is completed and the trial begins in earnest with opening statements and testimony.
Jury expert Valerie Hans from Cornell University Law School says surveys show jurors hate delays. But she says there's no research showing that they'd punish a defendant.