The defense struck two white men, one white woman and one black woman, using up its challenges by the time the seventh juror was seated. State prosecutors did not use all of their challenges, but turned away a black woman and a black man. Both sets of attorneys also rejected several would-be alternates.
Weiner said that using his challenges early was part of "our strategy."
The judge told the newly chosen jurors that he would try to "insulate" them as much as possible in the highly publicized case.
He warned them not to read or watch anything about the trial or attempt any investigation on their own. Also forbidden: texting, "tweeting" or using other social media, such as Facebook or MySpace, to communicate anything about the proceedings. Sweeney told jurors to tell as few people as possible about their jury duty.
"You're performing a very important public service here," Sweeney said. Several jurors nodded as he spoke.
Among the motions Sweeney might take up Thursday is one that prosecutors filed Tuesday in an effort to compel testimony from a Lipscomb employee, Randell Finney.
Prosecutors allege Finney was involved in Lipscomb's purchase of retail gift cards for Dixon's office; those were among the cards that she is charged with spending - sometimes within hours - on items for herself and her family.
Finney is refusing to testify "on the basis of his privilege against self-incrimination," according to prosecutors. The judge could compel him to testify by granting immunity.
In attempting to keep Charlow from testifying, defense attorneys disclosed details in a court filing about the prosecutors' new allegations.
According to the filing, Charlow told prosecutors that Turner requested that he purchase Target gift cards for Dixon in December 2006. Charlow was a partner in Turner's upscale Silo Point condo development just south of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Charlow made the purchase and then "dropped [the cards] off" at City Hall, but he believed that they would be used "in connection with her church activities," the filing states. Dixon is a longtime member of Bethel AME in West Baltimore.
The judge will decide whether the prosecutors' allegations about Charlow were made too late to be fair to the mayor.
In their motion to suppress the evidence, her attorneys called the prosecution move an "11th-hour disclosure … without a justifiable excuse."
Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Scharper contributed to this article.