U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona began yesterday afternoon the process of selecting the jurors who will decide the fate of former school principal Thomas Weindl.
Saipan Tribune learned that the jury selection will continue in the afternoon today, Wednesday.
Manglona informed prospective jurors that the charges against Weindl are one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of access with intent to view child pornography, that occurred on June 18, 2012.
The judge said according to the charges, the material contains “still image or video files depicting minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including oral sex, sexual intercourse and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area.”
On Monday, assistant U.S. attorney Rami S. Badawy moved to dismiss two counts of the same charges over an incident on June 15, 2012.
Badawy said he filed the motion because, after a review of the evidence and some recent filings, the government has concluded that it is unlikely to prove its case on counts 1 and 2.
The prosecution alleged that Weindl, using a Public School System-issued netbook, searched for and accessed almost 200 websites containing images of child pornography.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.