The Clarion-Ledger, 2/6/9

A jury should be seated today in the federal trial of Jackson Mayor Frank Melton, barring unforeseen delays.

A fourth grueling day of jury selection ended Thursday with six more potential jurors being disqualified, leaving 43 in the pool, with nine left to interview.

“We got through everybody today, so I feel encouraged,” U.S. District Court Judge Dan Jordan said at the close of Thursday’s session. The remaining pool is a “good number” from which to select 12 jurors and at least two alternates, he said.

Selection continues this morning.