The judge presiding over the Andrea Sneiderman perjury trial told attorneys last week he’d be willing to go as long as it takes to find an impartial jury.
It appears the process won’t even take a week. Thirty-four citizens have qualified as potential jurors from a pool of 283, leaving only six open spots before a jury can be seated. Jury selection resumes Wednesday.
Although murder charges against her were formally dropped last week, Sneiderman still faces 13 felony counts — seven charges of perjury, four charges of making false statements and one count each of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing a material fact in connection with the death of her husband.
The maximum sentences for each count range from five to 10 years in prison.
In other developments, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams ruled Tuesday that physical evidence from the trial of Sneiderman’s former boss, Hemy Neuman — sentenced to life in prison last year for fatally shooting her husband outside a Dunwoody day care facility — was admissible in the current trial.
Last week, Adams granted the prosecution’s motion allowing testimony from Neuman’s friend, Melanie White, regarding conversations they had about Neuman’s alleged affair with Sneiderman. The Dunwoody widow has denied there was any romance.
Most of the charges remaining against Sneiderman involve statements she made or information the prosecution says she withheld about her relationship with Neuman.
Opening statements are expected to start Monday, with attorneys on both sides estimating the trial will last about three weeks.