Today marks Day Three of the Raj Rajaratnam trial and surely you're so excited you could hardly sleep las night. Opening statements were heard yesterday and the first witnesses are set to take the stand later this morning. Beyond his seven (7) lawyers, the people in the room most important to the Galleon founder are probably the 12 men and women (plus six alternates) who comprise the jury and will determine his guilt or innocence. Among them, they include a drummer in a band and a fan of "Two and a Half Men."
Juror 1: 49, station agent for the MTA
Juror 2: 70, "a retired bookkeeper with past criminal jury experience." Watches “Two and a Half Men.”
Juror 3: 27, an activities therapist at a nursing home. Watches "True Blood” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Juror 4: 49, works in the food services industry for the Board of Education. Watches soap operas.
Juror 5: 61, nurse. Doesn’t read newspapers, babysits grandchildren in her spare time.
Juror 6: 52, works for the New Jersey Board of Education. Is "a fan of Oprah Winfrey."
Juror 7: 68, is a "receiving clerk." Reads the New York Daily News and watches “The Late Show” with David Letterman.
Juror 8: 46, teaches blind and visually impaired children. Watches reality TV, loves baseball.
Juror 9: 56, graphic artist for Apple. Watches "the basic guy stuff" (“Man v. Food” and ESPN).
Juror 10: 48, works for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.
Juror 11: 53, works for Verizon. Watches “Oprah,” “Dateline” and “America’s Most Wanted."
Juror 12: 55, works in customer service for the MTA. Churh-goer, bird watcher, reads five newspapers, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
The alternates include: a 35 year-old whose band needs a drummer, an information technology specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an unemployed guy who, in the early 1990s, was charged with a misdemeanor for receiving stolen property. “It was a street sign that was in my room and they threw as much of the book as they could at me, but I got away from it,” he told Judge Holwell on Monday.