Jury selection starts in Zumba prostitution case

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Alexis Wright, 29, during her arraignment in Portland, Maine, on 109 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her Kennebunk fitness studio and office.(Photo: Joel Page, AP)
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ALFRED, Maine (AP) -- The process of finding a jury for the trial of the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with using her Maine studio as a prostitution front broke for the day on Tuesday.
    
About a third of 140 potential jurors called for the trial of Mark Strong Sr. were released Tuesday as lawyers for both sides sought to find a jury untainted by international news coverage of the prostitution scandal in Kennebunk.

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The 59-year-old Strong, of Thomaston, is charged with conspiring with Alexis Wright, alleged to have running a prostitution operation out of her studio.
    
Strong is facing 59 misdemeanor charges. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

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1/22/2013 5:10:56 PM (GMT -5:00)

DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

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