Kodiak Daily Mirror - Federal judge rejects expanded jury pool
  
Federal judge rejects expanded jury pool
Apr 06, 2012 | 13 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request for an expanded jury pool in the trial of a Fairbanks militia leader and two co-defendants.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the defense made the request for the upcoming trials in Anchorage because of what they say has been extensive pre-trial publicity about defendant Schaeffer Cox, and co-defendants Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon.

District Court Judge Robert Bryan ruled Wednesday that the jury pool is set at 75 people.

The defendants had asked that up to 100 people be called. But, prosecutors say only 65 to 70 are needed.

The members of the Peacemaker’s Militia are charged with plotting to kill government employees.

Their trial is scheduled to begin in early May in Anchorage.
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