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Taylor Swift trial: “Are you or your family a fan?” and other questions posed to potential jurors

The civil trial that has been years in the making got started Monday in U.S. The questions also drilled down to specifics. Given the intense media interest, jurors will not be allowed to leave the courtroom all day. Taylor Swift’s publicist Tree Paine, center, walks into the Alfred A. Had they already formed an opinion on the case, about Swift or about Mueller? Martinez said. Had they attended the concert on June 2, 2013, where Swift claims she was groped? Arraj Courthouse on Aug. Had jurors heard of the lawsuit? Swift, her mother, Andrea Swift, and manager Frank Bell were in the courtroom Monday, as was Mueller, as lawyers began slimming the jury pool to eight. You can check out the juror questionnaire here:
This story was first published on DenverPost.com Jury selection began in the trial of Taylor Swift against Colorado radio personality, David Mueller, over allegations the former disc jockey fondled her four years ago. Had they seen any pictures related to the lawsuit, alluding to the leaked photo that was taken when Swift alleges the assault occurred? He disputes her allegations. There will be no alternates. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Lawyers for Taylor Swift and former radio host David Mueller are beginning the slow process of selecting a jury and they have a question to ask: Is anyone in your immediate family a fan of Taylor Swift? But the court expects interest from the public to be greater on Tuesday, when opening statements are scheduled to begin. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

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Potential jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked whether they worked in the music industry or listened to KYGO. Bell and Andrea Swift also are named in Mueller’s complaint. The court expects jury selection to continue into Tuesday. The judge asked potential jurors to describe how much of a fan they were of Taylor Swift’s music. Had they, a spouse or their children been fired, been inappropriately touched or been wrongly accused of inappropriately touching someone? District Court Judge William J. Six potential jurors who are smokers were relieved right away. Mueller, who went by the name “Jackson” on the country station KYGO, sued Swift in 2015, claiming he was wrongly fired after she claimed he groped her during a meet-and-greet before her 2013 concert at the Pepsi Center. “It’s good we’re in Colorado,” U.S. District Court in Denver. Others were asked to explain how much they liked country music and local radio stations. Related Articles

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Yes, you can go to the Taylor Swift trial. “If we were in my hometown of Chicago, probably half these jurors would be relieved.”
Sixty potential jurors were called into the courtroom for further questioning by Martinez and lawyers for Muller and Swift. So far only a handful of people have shown up to watch jury selection. 7, 2017 in Denver. The singer filed a counterclaim, alleging abuse and battery.

Taylor Swift trial: Why this case is different from what you might expect

Swift countersued Mueller, claiming assault and battery. District Court in Denver. The trial is scheduled to last through Aug. District Court Judge William J. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

Lawyers from both sides can suggest the amount of any damages, she said. As they make their cases, both Swift and Mueller will be watching. In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio promotions manager, Frank Bell, claiming that their allegations that he groped the singer before a 2013 concert cost him his job. Swift is seeking $1. Martinez told potential jurors on Monday. Instead, the jury will decide if one or both sides are liable. The trial of a lawsuit between Swift and David Mueller, a former radio host she accuses of groping her, began Aug. He disputes the claim that he touched Swift inappropriately. Court officials expect opening statements to take place later in the day. The trial’s first day was consumed by jury selection as the judge attempted to slim a pool of 60 potential jurors to eight. 7, 2017, in U.S. Swift has said that if she is awarded additional damages, she will donate the money to a charity that works for women’s rights. No one’s liberty is at stake in this case, meaning the burden of proof is lower, he said. Swift and her witnesses then will take the stand and be cross-examined. If so, the jurors then decide damages. 17, but may not fit in that time frame. Mueller and his witnesses will be first to take the stand and be cross-examined after opening statements. Each side will be given 25 minutes. (Evan Agostini, Invision/AP, File)
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Yes, you can go to the Taylor Swift trial. Mueller’s lawyers have indicated they may be seeking up to $3 million. The process was slow, though, and has been extended into Tuesday morning. This story was first published on DenverPost.com But because this is a civil case instead of a criminal one, the proceedings may be different from what the public expects — especially if they’re used to crime shows like “CSI,” U.S.

Country entertainer Glen Campbell dies at 81

“I’m a country boy who sings.”
He was just 4 when he learned to play guitar. By his early 20s, he had formed his own group, the Western Wranglers, and moved to Los Angeles. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He drank heavily, used drugs and indulged in a turbulent relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker in the early 1980s. I got more phone calls. And be nice to people.’ And that’s the way I handled myself, and people were very, very nice to me,” Campbell told The Telegraph in 2011. As he would confide in painful detail, Campbell suffered for his fame and made others suffer as well. He later pleaded guilty to “extreme” DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and served a 10-day sentence. “I’m not a country singer per se,” Campbell once said. He will be remembered so well and with so much love,” she wrote on Twitter. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. But he could play anything and he could play it really well.”
Tributes poured in on social media. He toured with the Champs of “Tequila” fame when the group included two singers who formed the popular ’70s duo Seals & Crofts. A lot of people don’t realize that. He was part of the house band for the ABC TV show “Shindig!” and a member of Phil Spector’s “Wrecking Crew” studio band that played on hits by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers and the Crystals. In late 2003, he was arrested near his home in Phoenix after causing a minor traffic accident. As a teenager, anxious to escape a life of farm work and unpaid bills, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join his uncle’s band and appear on his uncle’s radio show. I really enjoyed that. I just love to get the guitar and play the hell out of it if I can.”
By the late ’60s, he was a performer on his own, an appearance on Joey Bishop’s show leading to his TV breakthrough. This Sept. “Glen is one of the greatest voices there ever was in the business and he was one of the greatest musicians,” said Dolly Parton in a video statement. One of Campbell’s daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken. Campbell’s family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. “He was a wonderful session musician as well. Campbell’s musical career dated back to the early years of rock ‘n roll. He was 81. He was 81. “That was a kick. He gained new fans decades later when the show, featuring his cheerful greeting “Hi I’m Glen Campbell,” was rerun on cable channel CMT. It was awesome. No cause was immediately given. He was married four times and had eight children. “I thought it was my autobiography set to song,” he wrote 20 years later, in his autobiography, titled “Rhinestone Cowboy.” “The whole lid just blew off,” Campbell told the AP. The film about Campbell’s 2011-12 farewell tour offers a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer’s while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind unraveled. Written and recorded by Larry Weiss in 1974, “Rhinestone Cowboy” received little attention until Campbell heard it on the radio and quickly related to the story of a veteran performer who triumphs over despair and hardship. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement. He had 10 grandchildren. He played guitar on Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In the Night,” the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” and Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas.”
“We’d get the rock ‘n’ roll guys and play all that, then we’d get Sinatra and Dean Martin,” Campbell told The Associated Press in 2011. A 2011 farewell album, “Ghost On the Canvas,” included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. (AP) — Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. “I didn’t go to Nashville because Nashville at that time seemed one-dimensional to me,” Campbell told the AP. (Danny Johnston, Associated Press file)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. 8, 2017. In 1966, Campbell played on the Beach Boys’ classic “Pet Sounds” album. I didn’t realize the power of television.”
His guests included country acts, but also the Monkees, Lucille Ball, Cream, Neil Diamond and Ella Fitzgerald. Campbell’s version was a chart topper in 1975. I didn’t want to go nowhere. “Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten,” wrote Charlie Daniels. The documentary “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” came out in 2014. 6, 2012 file photo shows singer Glen Campbell performing during his Goodbye Tour in Little Rock, Ark. He is survived by his wife, Kim; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; and his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon. Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, Aug. “I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. 1 songs with “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights.”
His performance of the title song from the 1969 film “True Grit,” in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. Related Articles

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In the late 1960s and well into the ’70s, the Arkansas native was seemingly everywhere with his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. Among Campbell’s own hits, “Rhinestone Cowboy” stood out and became his personal anthem. The song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” won a Grammy for best country song in 2015 and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that it was in its early stages at that time. Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a quest appearance and said making the album was “therapeutic.”
Campbell was among a wave of country crossover stars that included Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, and like many of his contemporaries, he enjoyed success on television. “I’m a jazzer. Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers saw the program and asked Campbell if he’d like to host a summertime series, “The Summer Brothers Smothers Show.” Campbell shied from the Smothers Brothers’ political humor, but still accepted the offer. His last record was “Adios,” released in June, featured songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash. “I had never had anything like that happen to me. Campbell had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” on CBS from 1969 to 1972. He was out of the country when the first episode aired. For the first couple of days I was like how do they know me? “I did what my Dad told me to do — ‘Be nice, son, and don’t cuss. I was making more money than I ever made just doing studio work.”
A sharecropper’s son who was one of 12 children, he was born outside of Delight, Arkansas, and grew up revering country music stars such as Hank Williams. He opened for the Doors and sang and played bass with the Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson, who in the mid-’60s had retired from touring to concentrate on studio work.

Taylor Swift trial: Denver public less interested in watching than expected

8, 2017 in Denver. This story was first published on DenverPost.com He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. As Mueller described his career history in detail, starting from high school graduation, one teen stared at her hand, slowly moving each finger. 8, 2017, in Denver. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

Although people said they were enjoying themselves, they did acknowledge that court can be tedious. Despite the court expecting hordes of fans, filling up 32 seats in the courtroom and 75 in an overflow room for both morning and afternoon sessions, only a small crowd showed up Tuesday. The trial continues Wednesday with Mueller still on the stand. Swift alleges that radio host David Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. There were men as well, including one with long curly hair, who wore a shirt bearing the logo of a heavy metal band. People wrote ‘Free Tay!’ with sticky notes in an office window across the street from the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse on Aug. She filed a countersuit that claims assault and battery. Mueller filed suit against Swift in 2015, alleging her claims that he groped her caused him to lose his job. Jury selection continues, during the second day, in the trail of Taylor Swift against a Colorado radio personality, David Mueller, over allegations the former disc jockey fondled her four years ago. Swift’s attorney has not finished his cross-examination. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
As the federal trial between singer Taylor Swift and former radio host David Mueller heads into its third day, the overflow public viewing room could potentially sit empty. After his testimony is finished, Mueller’s witnesses will be called, including an expert who will testify about the former radio host’s lost income. When the artist began shading, two journalists peeked over to watch. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. The court gave some of the public’s courtroom passes to media. Related Articles

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Yes, you can go to the Taylor Swift trial. In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, left, appears with her lawyer and mother in federal court Tuesday, Aug. (Jeff Kandyba, The Associated Press)
The public that did show up, some lining up before 4 a.m., trended younger and mainly female. The sketch artist placed his pencil in his mouth and pulled out binoculars to get a closer look at Mueller. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. Some described themselves as fans while others said they weren’t necessarily big fans but wanted to support the broader cause of a woman bringing forth sexual assault allegations.

Taylor swift trial: Jury hears tale of two different men during day two

Mueller said Haskell described greeted the star with two outstretched arms, one of which wrapped around and touched her bottom. During those times, she looked at her lawyer in disbelief or shock, occasionally mouthing “that’s not true” or “wow.”
Sometimes she and her mother exchanged scribbled notes with Baldridge. But the judge has already blocked that portion of her testimony. He questioned why Mueller did not tell his employers about Haskell’s story during the investigation. The alleged groping came to light in 2015, when the former radio host filed sued claiming Swift, her mother and her radio promotions manager made false allegations that got him fired. Baldridge asked the former radio host why he did not sue his former employer. (Jeff Kandyba, The Associated Press)
A jury of eight heard the description of two different men during opening statements on Tuesday. As he talked, Swift watched stoically until the incident was brought up. In a sealed photo that was taken during the alleged assault, Mueller has brown hair and a mustache. On the stand, his hair had grayed and his face was cleanly shaven. Then, suddenly, she announced that they should take the photo and she moved toward his girlfriend. It’ll be picked up again Wednesday morning with Mueller still on the stand. The trial started Monday in U.S. Although, technically speaking, both men were David Mueller. The federal judge has already sanctioned Mueller for this. He had sent pieces of the interview to his lawyer with a total of nearly 15 minutes being submitted to the court. The station conducted its own investigation, talking to Mueller and looking at the photograph. With the exception of a few quick glances, she didn’t look at Mueller when he described his version of the incident. Why? The former radio host had aged since the incident, which occurred when he was 51 years old. The attorney drilled into Mueller about several aspects of his story and motives. Haskell allegedly told Mueller he thought Swift wore bike shorts. He was escorted out of the Pepsi Center. He had a more animated and aggressive style on the podium, at times talking over Mueller and frequently asking seemingly similar questions repeatedly to push a point. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. Mueller had recorded up to 2 hours of a conversation he had with his employers before he was fired. In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, left, appears with her lawyer and mother in federal court Tuesday, Aug. But Mueller lost the full recording. He said Mueller testified that he wanted to clear his name, yet he filed a public lawsuit, making the allegations public and alerting every radio station to the situation. Swift alleges that radio host David Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. He accused Mueller of changing his story seven times. The photo was leaked to TMZ. Andrea Swift, who is also named in the suit, sat to the side of her daughter. Swift’s radio promotions manager Frank Bell called KYGO management to inform them of the incident, saying the family was very upset and hoped the station would do the right thing. 8, 2017, in Denver. But Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge described the former radio host, who was fired from country radio station KYGO after the alleged assault, as someone with a different character. The radio host said he liked the singer’s music but wasn’t a fan. Related Articles

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When they met Swift, she seemed entirely focused on his girlfriend, ignoring Mueller, he testified. The former radio host said he has applied to two dozen jobs but had not gotten any. He also explored Mueller’s troubled work relationship with Haskell and how his job appeared to be threatened before the incident. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. Mueller was slightly hunched when talking into the mic, looking straight ahead or at the lawyer asking questions. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Mueller was fired two days later. The jury — six women and two men — sat watching, as did the gallery filled with the public and media during the second day of the civil trial between Mueller and Swift. Mueller responded that at the time he didn’t think it was pertinent. During this time, he testified that he ran into his boss Hershel Coomer, who is known as “Eddie Haskell.”
Haskell and Swift have gone back many years. Swift filed a counterclaim, alleging assault and battery. And then Baldridge began his cross-examination. After the photo, the couple went separate ways so she could get drinks and he could put signed photos of Swift in his car. Mueller testified that Haskell told him the singer was excited to see him, jumping into his arm when they saw each other earlier. This story was first published on DenverPost.com He’d occasionally look up when trying to recall details. With Baldridge now taking control of the questions, Andrea Swift turned to watch Mueller. Mueller said he had to jump into the photo at the last second. He questioned his motives, describing him as a guy after money, attention and revenge on his employer. As Mueller tells the story, he and his girlfriend waited in line for a photo with Taylor Swift during a meet-and-greet as part of his job. The witness had said Mueller sought nearly $3 million. One of Swift’s expert witnesses on sexual assault had intended to talk about Mueller’s emotional state and how it and other factors fit the character of someone who would commit a sexual assault. Gabe McFarland painted his client, Mueller, as a man passionate about radio, in love with his girlfriend and working his dream job, not as someone who would grope Taylor Swift during a meet-and-greet ahead of a 2013 concert. And then the man in question, Mueller, took the witness stand. The day ended before Baldridge could finish his questioning. Mueller said he was later confronted by security but did not know what was going on. His and Swift’s arm’s “jostled” at first, and then Mueller put his outstretched and closed fisted hand behind the singer, perhaps touching her rib cage but not her bottom, he testified. “Is $3 million enough to clear your name?” he asked. District Court in Denver. Mueller testified that he had lost the five electronic devices that contained the full recording in separate incidents, including spilling coffee on a laptop computer and shattering an iPad. Baldridge ended the day by getting into Mueller’s emotional state during the incident, exploring how the host said he felt isolated and alone during the incident. He said he was pursuing this case to clear his name. Despite testifying that he wasn’t seeking a specific amount in damages, Baldridge cited the deposition of Mueller’s expert witnesses on lost income. He then asked Mueller if he wanted to be a shock-jock.