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Man arrested for burglary and indecent exposure during Santa Monica break-in

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A man has been charged with burglary and indecent exposure after allegedly breaking into a Santa Monica woman’s home and performing lewd acts near her as she slept. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed charges against Anthony Romero, 28, who is currently in custody and is set to appear in court on April 17 for a preliminary hearing.

Anthony Romero, a homeless man faces charges for allegedly breaking into a Santa Monica woman’s home.

Anthony Romero, 28, who has a lengthy criminal record, faces charges for allegedly breaking into a Santa Monica woman’s home and masturbating next to her as she slept.

(Santa Monica Police Department)

Romero allegedly entered the woman’s 2nd Street apartment at 2:10 a.m. on February 29, after climbing through an unlocked window. He then proceeded to masturbate near the sleeping victim without making physical contact. When the victim woke up and confronted him, Romero left the apartment before the police arrived, as she called them immediately.

Police arrested Romero the following day, after collecting security footage and locating him walking on Santa Monica Boulevard. He was initially charged with an attempted rape offense, which has since been dropped. Romero had prior run-ins with the law, including shoplifting in January 2022 and public intoxication and battery on a police officer in June of last year. Police noted that Romero declared himself as homeless.

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Understanding the Jury Selection Process for Trump’s Manhattan Criminal Case

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The upcoming jury selection for Donald J. Trump’s Manhattan criminal case has garnered significant attention as it involves the trial of a former U.S. president. On Monday morning in Manhattan, hundreds of New Yorkers will report for jury duty in what will be a historic and unprecedented event. The process of jury selection in this high-profile case will be meticulous and crucial, as both the defense and prosecution teams aim to select 12 jurors and several alternates who are impartial and unbiased.

The prospective jurors will face intense scrutiny as they are questioned about their beliefs, opinions, and potential biases that could impact the trial’s outcome. This highly anticipated trial has generated buzz and attracted widespread media attention, with the former president expected to attend various sessions.

Here’s a detailed look at what to expect during the jury selection process:

The jury pool consists of Manhattan residents, and both the prosecution and defense teams will spend the next few days or weeks gathering information about the potential jurors to assess their suitability for the trial.

Since New York State laws prohibit fully anonymous juries, the jurors’ names will be known to all parties involved, including the former president, and their addresses will be accessible to the lawyers. However, the public may not be privy to this information, as the judge in the case has granted the prosecutors’ request to keep the jurors’ identities confidential.

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After being briefed on the allegations, potential jurors will be questioned by Justice Juan M. Merchan about their ability to remain impartial and committed to the trial. They will also be asked about any scheduling conflicts that could hinder their full participation throughout the trial, which is anticipated to last over six weeks. Those expressing concerns may be excused from the jury pool.

The remaining jurors will undergo a standard set of inquiries, disclosing details about their professions, education, and personal lives. They will also reveal their sources of news, media consumption habits, and any prior exposure to materials related to the case, such as books authored by Trump or his associate, Michael D. Cohen.

Additionally, jurors will be asked about their involvement in political activities, opinions on the treatment of Trump in the case, but not their specific voting history, political affiliations, or contributions.

Both Trump’s legal team and the district attorney’s prosecutors can challenge prospective jurors based on specific reasons suggesting bias or partiality. The judge ultimately decides on these challenges, and each side also has opportunities to dismiss jurors without providing explanations. Following these evaluations, Justice Merchan will finalize the jury selection with the remaining qualified individuals.

Given Mr. Trump’s engagement in past trials, he is likely to play an active role in the jury selection process. However, he is restricted by a gag order issued by Justice Merchan, prohibiting him from publicly commenting on the jurors or revealing their identities. Despite his keen interest in the selection process, his interactions with the jurors will be confined to the courtroom.

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