Dismissed Parkland juror says she would have lost $8,000 a month from her ‘sugar daddy’ during trial
A potential juror who has asked to be fired from the trial of Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz over obligations to her “sugar daddy” says she would have lost $8,000 a month if she were on the jury to decide whether he would take the death is punished.
The married woman, identified only as Ms Bristol, became a viral sensation after giving her scandalous reason not to be part of the months-long trial.
“Well, I’m married and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day,” she explained to Judge Elizabeth Scherer last week.
The judge seemed confused, but later dismissed her.
On Saturday, she told a local TV station about her riddle.
‘It’s all day for six months and what’s my hardship? I need my sugar daddy money,” she said WPLGadding that he gives her about $8,000 a month.
The native New Yorker says she could lose her house if she doesn’t see him.
“If I do this case for six months, I will have a hardship that prevents my sugar daddy from supporting me,” she explained, though the case is not expected to extend until June to September.
Jury selection got more complicated Monday when Judge Scherer fired an entire pool of potential jurors after eight of them were led from the courtroom in tears after the noted school shooter entered the room.
Ms Bristol says she’s asked to be released from Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s conviction for being able to see her ‘sugar daddy’
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Judge Elizabeth Scherer was stunned by the woman’s apology, which she first shared in court, saying ‘Okay madam, we’ll get back to you’ before firing her last week
A total of 12 jurors and eight alternatives will sit for the sentencing, which is expected to last until the summer.
Last week, courtroom footage showed Scherer, 46, asking if anyone was concerned about the demands being placed on them.
“Miss Bristol” said that not only was the trial expected to take “a whole month”, but that it conflicted with her birthday and would interrupt her love life.
“First of all, let me clarify, July 2nd is my birthday, July 4th is my son, and the 18th is my other son. And again, I have to come up with something. I have my sugar daddy who I see every day.’
The judge replied, “I’m sorry?” Bristol replied, “My sugar daddy.”
The judge looked increasingly confused and said, “I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”
“Well, I’m married and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day.’
Lost for words, Judge Scherer replied, “OK. Okay. Ma’am, we’ll get back to you, okay? Thank you.’ ‘Miss Bristol’ was later apologised.
The fired juror now says she would have lost $8,000 a month during the trial, which is expected to last between June and September.
She wore a purple tank top and pink lipstick as she spoke to a reporter outside a South Florida home about the hardships she would face if she couldn’t see her “sugar daddy,” including potentially losing her home.
Judge Elizabeth Scherer fired an entire pool of potential 60-person jurors on Monday after at least eight emotionally charged people had to be escorted out of the room
The judges got emotional after Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018, entered the room.
The jury selection continues for the conviction of Nikolas Cruz, who in 2018 killed 17 people at a high school in South Florida.
Judge Elizabeth Scherer released a panel of 60 potential jurors on Monday because they had been tainted by emotional outbursts in the room.
Seven women and a man had to be escorted from the third panel of the day, according to the Sun Sentinel† The exodus began after Cruz, 23, entered the courtroom. They were all eventually released.
She had already screened two panels of 60 people that day. Another panel was seen afterwards. So far, 147 potential judges have moved on to another round of questions.
A woman heard the judge say, “My son is a victim. He was shot at age 15. My mind is so disturbed,” said video obtained by WPLG† The judge interrupted the woman in an effort to keep her emotions from affecting the rest of the panel.
The jury selection process was marred by emotional outbursts.
On Monday, the jurors were seen with tears in their eyes 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 showed up in court with disheveled hair and thick-rimmed glasses. He reportedly lowered his head and looked away from the emotional panel before looking back at them.
“The ladies and gentlemen who have been eliminated so far are people who are so upset that they can’t sit here without getting emotional, and we don’t want to traumatize anyone,” Judge Scherer said Monday after the court’s ruling. potential jurors had to be removed.
“If you absolutely can’t sit here without breaking down or getting emotional, you can raise your hand.”
The judge excused the jury pool minutes later.
Judge Scherer and lawyers were already through a panel of 60 people in the morning and another panel of 60 people in the afternoon.
The first woman to leave one of Monday’s panels heard her cry loudly as soon as she left. “We don’t want to traumatize anyone,” Judge Scherer said
So far, 147 potential judges from a pool of 629 have advanced to the next round of questioning. Above, Prosecutors Carolyn McCann, Mike Satz and Jeff Marcus on Monday
About half an hour later another group of 60 was brought in and 13 were chosen, WTVJ reports.
Three people were chosen from a subsequent panel of 14 people, bringing the total to 147 people from a pool of 629.
Among those fired is a man who said he knew one of the Parkland victims and others with medical or language barrier problems.
One potential juror who was beaten 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 questions about their thoughts on the death penalty.
The trial will run until the summer.
Cruz, above in his booking photo, was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral problems at the time of the murders.
Jurors will decide whether to recommend life imprisonment or the death penalty for Cruz, who pleaded 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 problems at the time of the murders, prosecutors said last year.
Under Florida law, a jury must be unanimous in its decision to order a judge to sentence Cruz to execution.
If one of the 12 jurors objects, Cruz is sentenced to life 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 illness, and allegations that he was sexually abused and bullied. .
Judge Scherer, a registered Republican living in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was indicted.
She struggled with his lawyers during proceedings, sometimes calling them “disrespectful.”
Judge Scherer, a registered Republican living in Broward County, has been on the case since 2019, when Cruz was indicted
Scherer has been on the bench for ten years and the Parkland case is by far her most prominent.
In 2018, she threatened to limit 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, she had a reputation for being late in court and being “critical” and “grumpy.”
Scherer is a mother, wife and avid equestrian who, according to social media profiles, was once part of the Stanford Equestrian team.