Jury selection begins in Strong trial
Alfred — Several hundred potential jurors arrived at the York County Courthouse in Alfred Jan. 22 to begin the trial process for Thomaston insurance man Mark Strong, Sr.
Media representatives were not allowed inside the courtroom during the vetting process, which sources inside the courthouse said was expected to take several days.
Strong faces 59 misdemeanor counts accusing him of invasion of privacy, conspiracy, and promoting prostitution.
Daniel Lilley, Strong's attorney, was ordered Jan. 18 by Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills to continue to represent Strong. Lilley had filed a motion Jan. 15 to withdraw from the case, saying that Strong has not been able to pay him and does not have the resources to prepare for trial.
A motion to change the trial venue to Cumberland County, also filed by Lilley on Jan. 15, suggested that the York jury population is "tainted not only by the media frenzy but also because of the likelihood that the jurors will know at least one person involved in the case personally."
Justice Mills rejected the motion for venue change, but released a statement limiting media equipment to one still camera and one video camera inside the courtroom.
Dance instructor Alexis Wright, Strong's alleged co-conspirator, is expected to go to trial in May.
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