Fast facts on the Strong trial

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 3:54 p.m.

Defendant: Mark W. Strong Sr., of Thomaston.

Defense attorneys: Daniel Lilley and Tina Nadeau, of Portland.

Prosecution: The York County district attorney’s office, led by Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gordon.

Presiding: Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills.

Charges: 13 counts of promotion of prostitution.

The case: Strong is accused of conspiring with fitness instructor Alexis Wright to run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio. Wright faces a separate trial scheduled to begin in May.

Next: Continuation of jury selection, Wednesday morning in York County. Opening arguments to follow, potentially as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Last: On Tuesday, Mills ruled that prosecutors could not be asked by defense attorneys to testify in the case, and reiterated a gag order blocking attorneys in the trial from talking to the media until jury selection is complete.

Recently: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Friday upheld Mills’ Jan. 25 decision to dismiss 46 privacy invasion charges against Strong, leaving only the 13 counts listed above for trial in Superior Court.

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