"He wouldn't have asked the fox/abc guys to contact us to arrange pool coordination if we were still denied," Siegel wrote.
Swope was not available for comment.
Jury selection began last Tuesday, and courthouse insiders said nine jurors had been cleared to serve as of last Friday afternoon. A total of 28 jurors must be qualified before lawyers select 12 to serve. The trial is expected to last three to six months.
The plaintiffs in the case are thousands of current and former Nitro residents who claim that Monsanto polluted their town during the days when it made the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange at a nearby facility.
The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring for at least 5,000 -- and perhaps as many as 80,000 -- current and former Nitro residents.
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