Film Professor Ready To Convict Mathew Martoma Right Now So He Can Have A Smoke

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After a full day of questioning dozens of potential candidates in a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, lawyers still had not selected the 12-member jury for the insider trading trial of Mathew Martoma, a former hedge fund manager at SAC Capital Advisors...One of the eight potential jurors excused before lunch was a lawyer who said she had concerns about her ability to be impartial. Another was a man who said he questioned the value of insider trading laws on economic grounds. By the afternoon, potential jurors were excused for more mundane reasons, like being unable to take three and a half weeks off from work for the trial. The group of remaining candidates included the chief executive of a footwear and accessory company who wore four-inch boots, a film professor at New York University who spent much of the day chewing on an unlit cigar and an employee at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. [Dealbook]

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