MSNBC reports that the jury panel includes four men and eight women, ranging in age from 20 to 79. Seven are white, four are Hispanic, one is Asian, and none are African-American. The prosecution and the defense each get four selections to fill the 8 alternates slots.
Jackson’s lawyers were hoping to get at least one African-American on the jury, and the fact that they didn’t is a blow for the defense. Jury selection went much faster than expected, so the trial of the century (so far) is set to begin Monday.
The Smoking Gun has published a large portion of the secret transcript of testimony before the grand jury that indicted Jackson 10 months ago.
[Via a tip from Cindy (aka firstbrokenangel).]