Many of the 73 potential jurors were asked questions about their awareness of the case, their personal legal history and employment status by lawyers for Yasbeck and for Matthew Lotysch and Joseph Lee, the two doctors accused of not doing enough to prevent Ritter’s death.
Matz also instructed the jurors about the trial and were told proceedings could last until the middle of March.
But jury selection was continued Wednesday, due to the number of jurors, and the short amount of time allotted for questions and the medical and legal issues involved.
The upcoming trial has already garnered significant media coverage; “Entertainment Tonight” cameras and reporters were outside the courthouse Tuesday.
In an attempt to head off a media frenzy, Matz ruled that cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom during the trial, which could begin by Friday, Deputy Public Information Officer Mary Eckhardt Hearn said.