The trial between singer Taylor Swift and former radio host David Mueller carries on into its second day as lawyers prepare to make their opening statements.
But because this is a civil case instead of a criminal one, the proceedings may be different from what the public expects — especially if they’re used to crime shows like “CSI,” U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez told potential jurors on Monday.
No one’s liberty is at stake in this case, meaning the burden of proof is lower, he said.
The jury doesn’t have to make a decision of guilt in this case, University of Denver adjunct professor Karen Steinhauser said. Instead, the jury will decide if one or both sides are liable. If so, the jurors then decide damages.
Lawyers from both sides can suggest the amount of any damages, she said. Mueller’s lawyers have indicated they may be seeking up to $3 million. Swift is seeking $1. Swift has said that if she is awarded additional damages, she will donate the money to a charity that works for women’s rights.
The trial’s first day was consumed by jury selection as the judge attempted to slim a pool of 60 potential jurors to eight. The process was slow, though, and has been extended into Tuesday morning. Court officials expect opening statements to take place later in the day.
Each side will be given 25 minutes. As they make their cases, both Swift and Mueller will be watching.
In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio promotions manager, Frank Bell, claiming that their allegations that he groped the…
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