Judge in CO Theater Shooting Would Call Record 5,000 to Pick Jury


The judge in the Aurora theater shooting case is prepared to summon the largest jury pool ever called in Colorado if the case goes to trial, reports the Denver Post. The 5,000 summonses that Judge Carlos Samour said he intends to send out to prospective jurors would dwarf other jury pools summoned in Colorado and would be at least among the largest called in U.S. history.

People on the jury rolls in Arapahoe County, where the trial of James Holmes is scheduled to start in February, would have a 1-in-90 chance of being summoned for the trial. “By anybody’s standard, this is a very large number,” said Jeffrey Frederick of the National Legal Research Group, a trial consulting firm. Officials in Eagle County planned to summon a jury pool of up to 1,500 had the sexual assault trial of basketball star Kobe Bryant gone forward. The trial in Florida of George Zimmerman, underway now, started with a jury pool of 500. Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky began with a jury pool of 600.

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