The federal court yesterday late afternoon was able to impanel the jurors who will decide the fate of 68-year-old former school principal Thomas Weindl.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona directed the 13 jurors, including an alternate, to come back today, Friday, for the trial.
The selection among a pool of prospective jurors began Tuesday afternoon.
Yesterday, Manglona issued a written order granting the U.S. government's motion to dismiss counts one and two of the four-count indictment.
The judge granted the government's motion after determining that dismissal is not contrary to public interest.
“Counts one and two of the indictment are hereby dismissed without prejudice,” Manglona said in a one-page order.
Dismissed without prejudice is when a case is dismissed but the plaintiff is allowed to re-file a new suit on the same claim in the future.
The remaining 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.
Assistant U.S. attorney Rami S. Badawy on Monday moved to dismiss two counts of the same charges over an incident on June 15, 2012.