DETROIT (WXYZ) - After an arduous process with a lot of detailed questioning, day one of the jury selection process for the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial has ended.
Out of the 16 jurors interviewed on Thursday, five were cut for cause.
Two white men and two white women have cleared the first hurdle in the jury selection process.
One African-American woman was dismissed as a potential juror after she repeatedly said in court that she "(does not) want to be here."
Another African-American woman also was dismissed after she said that she would not be able to avoid reading media reports, or watching local news, which jurors are prohibited from doing.
Just because a juror has cleared Thursday's hurdle doesn't mean he or she will sit on the final jury. Lawyers will try to reduce a pool of 200 jurors to less than 100, and from there use challenges to cut the number to only 12, plus alternates. The selection process is expected to take several days.
On Thursday, lawyers for the defense and prosecution quizzed possible jurors about a variety of issues, like biases they may have, what television news they watch and if they believe African-Americans should be treated fairly. All of Thursday's possible jurors indicated they knew very little about the case and could remain impartial. One called Kwame Kilpatrick "brilliant," while another said he believed he should pay all of his restitution to the city.
Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, friend Bobby Ferguson, and former city water department director Victor Mercado all are accused of running a criminal enterprise out of the mayor's office.
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