ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A judge will hold a hearing to determine whether to move forward with remaining charges in the trial of a key figure in a prostitution scandal centered at a Zumba dance studio in Maine.
Justice Nancy Mills scheduled the hearing Tuesday on a motion to divide the case into two pieces and continue with 13 remaining counts against Mark Strong Sr. while the state appeals her decision to dismiss 46 other counts.
Strong's attorneys have asked to move forward to avoid further delays and frustrations for the jury pool. It's still unclear when jury selection would resume. The dismissed counts dealt with violation of privacy of convicted prostitution clients who were allegedly videotaped without their knowledge. The 13 remaining counts all focus on prostitution.