NEW YORK (AP) - A jury of eight women and four men was chosen Monday to hear Martha Stewart's stock fraud trial.
Six alternates also were selected.
In a defeat for Stewart, U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled that the defense may not argue that she is being prosecuted for asserting her innocence and exercising her right to free speech. Cedarbaum also ruled that the defense may not ask jurors to speculate why Stewart was not charged with insider trading.
Lawyers for the government and defense were expected to present their opening statements beginning Tuesday.
Stewart, 62, is accused of lying to investigators about why she sold 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems stock on Dec. 27, 2001 - just before it dropped sharply on a negative government report about an ImClone cancer drug.