12:12 p.m. Word is that opening statements will begin this afternoon. 11:37 a.m.: The jury consists of seven men and five women. Judge House is giving them instructions about the day-to-day protocol -- pickup, meals, etc. It is an older jury, it seems. They all appear to be 40-plus years of age. Three men and one woman as alternate jurors. The plan for today is for the attorneys to be back at 1:15 and the jury to be back at 2 p.m.
11:24 a.m.: It's confirmed. The jury has been chosen. There are some formalities to get through today. They are letting the media back in the courtroom, but we will not be allowed to have our laptops.
11:21 a.m.: Over our equipment, we just heard both sides say yes to "is this your jury?" We're trying to confirm if they have actually chosen the jury.
11:19 a.m.:Today the courthouse is a completely different scene from Monday, day one, which saw a wide variety of people packing the courthouse. With everybody from spectators, defendants for other cases, and potential jurors for two cases, there was limited walking and standing room on all floors of the courthouse. With the circus of day one ceasing somewhat, the halls of the courthouse are a little quieter on day two.
11:09 a.m.:The mid-morning break is now over. All of the news agencies, including the Chattanooga TV stations and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, are present in the small media room.
10:24 a.m.:The potential jurors are going on break now. The judge excused the court for a short break.
10: 14 a.m.: The following is from William Anderson’s blog. Anderson, who grew up in Walker County, is a contributing writer to counterpunch.org. He teaches economics at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.
Brian House tries to make the Tonya Craft jury a "family affair" and other notes from Day 1: Well, if people are not yet convinced that "Judge" Brian House is running a kangaroo court in the Tonya Craft trial, I found out today that one of the people he has permitted to stay in the jury pool is a former brother-in-law of Ms. Craft. When they asked this man if he had discussed the case with family members, he said that he really had not done it that much. Click here to read article 9:57 a.m.: One court officials has already said he does not believe the court will finish the jury selection process today.
9:45 a.m.: Because the courtroom is filled with around 200 potential jurors, there is no room for media inside. Officials said as the court room clears out, the news agencies will be able to stay in the court room.
The news agencies are staying in a small room where the broadcast equipment is set up. The court allows video recording, but the cameras are set up in another room. No recorders, cell phones, or cameras are allowed, but laptops and video equipment are allowed in this room.
Officials have said that no one but the media will be allowed in the court room while the children are testifying.
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