Jury selection for a trial in which the Imperial Irrigation District finds itself defending a curb that allegedly tripped an El Centro woman entered its second day today.
On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Joseph Zimmerman excused numerous prospective jurors from serving who claimed economic and medical hardships.
Other prospective jurors were excused after being asked in English why they felt they would be unable to serve on the jury. They answered in Spanish that they did not understand English well enough.
Zimmerman also asked if any of the prospective jurors had an interest in the outcome of the lawsuit, and no hands were raised. None seemed to realize that any monetary damages awarded to the plaintiff will be paid directly or indirectly by all of the IID's customers.
Meanwhile, prospective jurors are being summoned for what will likely be a three- or four-day trial ending Jan. 17.
Those remaining were asked a series of questions by Zimmerman seeking to weed out any who might still need to be removed from the prospective jury pool.