Gallagher, wearing a short sleeve Navy summer white uniform, was flanked by his defense team, which is led by a Navy veteran. His wife Andrea and his brother Sean sat in the front row. His parents and other supporters also sat in the small courtroom gallery at the base.
Lawyers questioned a panel of sailors and Marines from the San Diego area, all carrying Gallagher’s rank of E-7 or higher, a military requirement for jurors in courts-martial. All but two served in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars. Eight said they have lost friends in combat. Five of have faced enemies on the battlefield. Four said they had been involved in detainee operations.
The jury pool was made up of four sailors and eight Marines, including five officers. Only one was a woman. One enlisted sailor was immediately excused by the court for an unknown reason, leaving eleven potential jurors. A military jury must be made up of at least five people.