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A judge dismissed an entire pool of potential jurors in the case of confessed Parkland killer Nicolas Cruz after at least eight of them were led out of the courtroom in tears Monday.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer released the 60-person panel on the fourth day of jury selection for the sentencing of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018. 

Judge Scherer said the potential jurors were tainted by the emotional outbursts. 

She had already screened two 60-person panels that day. Another panel was seen afterwards. So far, 147 potential jurors have advanced to another round of questions.

Seven women and one man had to be escorted out of the day’s third panel, according to the Sun Sentinel. The exodus began after Cruz, 23, entered the courtroom. Eventually, all were released.

One woman was heard telling the judge: ‘My son is a victim. He was shot at 15 year old. My spirit is so disturbed,’ according to video obtained by WPLG. The judge interrupted the woman in an effort to keep her emotions from influencing the rest of the panel.

The dramatic moment comes after one juror, known only as ‘Miss Bristol,’ told Judge Scherer last week that she couldn’t do the trial because she’s too busy juggling her husband and her sugar daddy, an excuse that left the judge visibly confused. She was later excused. 

Judge Elizabeth Scherer dismissed an entire 60-person pool of potential jurors on Monday after at least eight emotional people had to be escorted out of the room

Judge Elizabeth Scherer dismissed an entire 60-person pool of potential jurors on Monday after at least eight emotional people had to be escorted out of the room

Judge Elizabeth Scherer dismissed an entire 60-person pool of potential jurors on Monday after at least eight emotional people had to be escorted out of the room 

The jurors became emotional after Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018, walked into the room

The jurors became emotional after Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018, walked into the room

The jurors became emotional after Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018, walked into the room

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The jury selection process has reportedly been marred by emotional outbursts. 

On Monday, jurors were visibly teary-eyed as they were led out of the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.

The first woman to leave was heard crying loudly as soon as she left, the Sun Sentinel reports. 

Cruz appeared in court with disheveled hair and thick-rimmed eyeglasses. He reportedly dropped his head and faced away from the emotional panel before facing them again. 

‘The ladies and gentlemen that have been taken out so far are people that are just so upset that they can’t sit here without without getting emotional, and we don’t want to cause trauma for anyone,’ Judge Scherer said Monday after the potential jurors had to be removed.

‘If you absolutely cannot sit here without breaking down or getting emotional, you can raise your hand.’  

The judge excused the jury pool minutes later. 

Judge Scherer and attorneys had already made it through one 60-person panel in the morning and another 60-person panel in the afternoon.

The first woman to leave one of Monday's panels was heard crying loudly as soon as she left. 'We don't want to cause trauma for anyone,' Judge Scherer said

The first woman to leave one of Monday's panels was heard crying loudly as soon as she left. 'We don't want to cause trauma for anyone,' Judge Scherer said

The first woman to leave one of Monday’s panels was heard crying loudly as soon as she left. ‘We don’t want to cause trauma for anyone,’ Judge Scherer said

So far, 147 potential jurors from a pool of 629 have advanced to the next round of questioning. Above, prosecutors Carolyn McCann, Mike Satz and Jeff Marcus on Monday

So far, 147 potential jurors from a pool of 629 have advanced to the next round of questioning. Above, prosecutors Carolyn McCann, Mike Satz and Jeff Marcus on Monday

So far, 147 potential jurors from a pool of 629 have advanced to the next round of questioning. Above, prosecutors Carolyn McCann, Mike Satz and Jeff Marcus on Monday

Another 60-person group was brought in about half an hour later, and 13 were chosen, WTVJ reports. 

Three people were chosen from a subsequent 14-person panel, bringing the total to 147 people from a pool of 629.

Among those dismissed are one man who said he knew one of the Parkland victims and others with medical or language barrier issues. 

One potential juror who was struck is a prosecutor at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

Those who made it through this round will be brought back in May for additional questioning about their thoughts on the death penalty.

The trial is scheduled to run through the summer. 

Cruz, above in his booking photo, was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings

Cruz, above in his booking photo, was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings

Cruz, above in his booking photo, was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings

Jurors will decide wether to recommend a life sentence or the death penalty for Cruz, who pled guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder after carrying out a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland. 

Cruz was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings, prosecutors said last year.

Under Florida law, a jury must be unanimous in its decision to recommend that a judge sentence Cruz to be executed. 

If any of the 12 jurors objects, Cruz will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Among the mitigating factors the defense will ask the jury to consider are Cruz’s brain damage from his mother’s drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy, his long history of mental-health disorders, and allegations he was sexually abused and bullied. 

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged.  

She sparred with his attorneys during proceedings, labeling them ‘disrespectful’ at times. 

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged.

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged.

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged.

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged.

Judge Scherer, a registered Republican who lives in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was charged

Scherer has been on the bench for ten years and the Parkland case is by far her most high profile. 

In 2018, she threatened to restrict reporting of the case after a local newspaper published information about Cruz that was not intended to be part of the public record. 

Fort Lauderdale attorneys told The Sun Sentinel at the time that she had a reputation for showing up late to court and for being ‘testy’ and ‘cranky.’  

Scherer is a mother, wife and avid horse rider who, according to social media profiles, belonged at one time to the Stanford Equestrian team. 

Last week, footage from the courtroom shows Scherer, 46, asking whether anyone has any concerns about the requirements asked of them.  

‘Miss Bristol’ piped up to say not only was the trial expected to take ‘a whole entire month’, it conflicted with her birthday and would interrupt her love life. 

‘First of all let me clarify myself, July second is my birthday, July Fourth is my son, and the 18th is my other son.  And again, I need to figure out something. I have my sugar daddy that I see every day.’

The judge replied: ‘I’m sorry?’  Bristol replied: ‘My sugar daddy.’ 

The judge, looking increasingly confused, said: ‘I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about.’ 

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, presiding over a court in Fort Lauderdale, was asked on Monday by a prospective juror if she could be excused owing to her romantic entanglements

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, presiding over a court in Fort Lauderdale, was asked on Monday by a prospective juror if she could be excused owing to her romantic entanglements

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, presiding over a court in Fort Lauderdale, was asked on Monday by a prospective juror if she could be excused owing to her romantic entanglements

‘Well I am married and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day.’ 

Lost for words, Judge Scherer replied: ‘OK. All right. Ma’am, we’ll come back to you, OK? Thank you.’ ‘Miss Bristol’ was later excused.  

The axed juror and native New Yorker says she would’ve lost $8,000 a month throughout the case’s six-month timeframe. 

‘If I do this case for six months, I have a hardship that means my sugar daddy can’t support me,’ Bristol told WPLG.

Bristol explained that the six-month time frame would put her in a financial bind of exactly $8,000 a month.

‘It’s all day for six-months and what’s my hardship? I need my sugar daddy money. I said to the judge, “I have a sugar daddy and I’m married and I have a husband,” just like that,’ Bristol said.

Source: dailymail

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