All right. So give me just a few more moments, and we're gonna get started. Could we ask those jurors if they could complete their meals, maybe pack a doggie bag or something? You know. Is the food good?Do you all like the food? Ah so, okay, all right, very well.If they could come up so we could get started. All right. Is that it? Now, Ms. _____, you're a prospective juror as well, is that right? Okay. All right. Thank you so very much.Where is the bailiff? Would you do your--?
All rise. (Inaudible - microphone inaccessible.)
Ms. Judge _____:
You may be seated. Good morning, everybody. I--yes?
I take the privilege of just a brief announcement before you have your opening comments, if that's okaywith you, if it pleases the court. Ms. Judge _____, I need to, for full disclosure, let you know that she is amember of our congregation, that I am her pastor. And we would not want you to think that she was justkind of in the process, as many of you are, coming from some distant place or just here in the city. Butshe's been a follower of this ministry for quite some time. We love her as a member, and we are delightedthat she has made the decision to be a part of this congregation.But she's also pursuing, we believe, a vital office here in the State of New York that will become vacantin November, and that is the office of Governor of the State of New York, and she's running on theConstitution Party. And we need to also state that Ms. Judge _____, her great-great-great-grandfather was a signer of the US Constitution, and his name was Stephen Hopkins, and he was a lawyer and aGovernor of the State of Rhode Island. So we are praying that that Constitution spirit, that power of liberty and leading of America, will fall upon her and her becoming the Governor of the State of NewYork as well.So I'm gonna ask you, she has never served as a judge before, but we have to remember that Elena Kaganhas never served as a judge, either, those of you who know who she is. So we welcome Ms. Judge _____, believing that she's a woman of wisdom and integrity, and we believe that she will be fair about her decisions, and I believe that this court will move forward under her leadership.Having said that, I want you to stand and applaud Ms. Judge _____ as she begins to preside.Thank you. You may take your seats.
Ms. Judge _____:
I just need to make a correction. It was the Declaration of Independence that--that's okay. I'm really veryhonored and privileged to be here today, that, uh, Pastor Manning asked me to do this. We all have acivic duty and obligation to bring about these events. Even if you're not asked to do something like this,