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Jury Continues Deliberations in Trump’s Criminal Trial

The jury in the trial of former President Donald Trump, currently underway in New York, is set to reconvene on Thursday to continue deliberations towards reaching a verdict. The 12 Manhattan residents, who began their deliberations on Wednesday, spent nearly five hours behind closed doors before adjourning for the day.

During their session, the jurors requested to re-hear testimony from two key witnesses, David Pecker and Michael Cohen, focusing on certain interactions between the three individuals in 2015 and 2016. They also asked the judge to reiterate certain instructions guiding their deliberations.

Trump is facing 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to reimbursements for a payment made by Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election, which prosecutors allege was a cover-up attempt. The case involves allegations of a “catch and kill” scheme to suppress negative stories about Trump.

The requested testimony includes Pecker’s account of a phone call with Trump, his decision not to transfer Cohen the life rights of a former Playboy model who claimed to have had sex with Trump, and a 2015 meeting at Trump Tower. The jurors also expressed interest in Cohen’s testimony regarding the Trump Tower meeting.

Graham Kates, an investigative reporter for CBS News Digital, is covering the trial, focusing on criminal justice, privacy issues, and information security.