NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — Donald Trump returned to a New York courtroom Tuesday as a judge works to find a panel of jurors who will decide whether he is guilty of criminal charges alleging falsified business records.

The case is often referred to as the “hush money” investigation, as it involves an attempt to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 campaign.

It is the first of four pending criminal cases against Trump to get to the trial stage. Given the status of appeals and delays, none of the other three criminal cases appear to be headed to trial before the Nov. 5 presidential election. Trump is the leading Republican nominee as he seeks another term at the White House.

Jury selection began Monday in the hush money trial, with no one chosen from the initial pool to be on the panel.

More potential jurors were dismissed Tuesday, on reasons that included they said they could not be impartial or had commitments in May and June that potentially conflicted with a trial that is expected to last several weeks. 

But when a prospective juror asked Tuesday whether her sister’s wedding in September would pose a problem, the judge gave her some reassurance.

“If we’re still here in September, that would be a big problem,” he said. 

Dozens of potential jurors have yet to be questioned. After a lunch break, the courtroom hearing is slated to resume this afternoon.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told would-be jurors they could still be fair if they knew about the case or discussed it with friends. They just need to keep an open mind.

“This case has nothing to do with your personal politics … it’s not a referendum on the Trump presidency or a popularity contest or who you’re going to vote for in November. We don’t care. This case is about whether this man broke the law,” he said.

Before entering the courtroom, Trump stopped briefly to address a TV camera in the hallway, repeating his claim that the judge is biased against him and the case is politically motivated.

The charges center on $130,000 in payments that Trump’s company made to his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen. He paid that sum on Trump’s behalf to keep porn actor Stormy Daniels from going public with her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump a decade earlier.

Trump has denied the encounter ever happened.

Prosecutors say the payments to Cohen were falsely logged as legal fees.

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