ST. LOUIS - Jury selection began Monday in the sex discrimination case pitting the highest ranking female executive at Anheuser-Busch against her old bosses.
The jury pool was made up of 72 people, including a Franciscan brother, a cook, a student, a lawyer, a yoga teacher, and a housekeeper. Some jurors were let go saying they couldn't be objective because they owned stock in the company. Others had close relatives who worked at the brewery but didn't think it would sway their judgment either way.
Mary Ann Sedey represents Katz. She's known as a fearless trial attorney willing to take on corporate giants. A human resource trade publication once called her one of the nations "Top 10 Plaintiff's Attorneys to Fear the Most."
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According to local trial attorney Anjali Dooley, the perfect juror for the plaintiff would be "highly educated women, or any diverse person (sexual orientation/gender), mid to upper level managers, who are frustrated with not getting paid as well as upper management."
Jim Bennett leads Anheuser-Busch's legal team. He's an experienced trial lawyer known as being a master of persuasion. Dooley says the best defense juror is a conservative executive, and certain women who can't relate to Katz.
"You want jurors who might also find her to be a little greedy because she did get quite a huge severance package ($12.5 million) and she did break the glass ceiling and was paid $500,000 a year," said Dooley.
During voir dire, Sedey confirmed what NewsChannel 5 first reported Sunday. The witness list includes August Busch III, August Busch IV, Patrick Stokes, and John Jacob, who Katz replaced.
Jury selection continues Tuesday. The trial is expected to last three weeks.