Saturday, February 9, 2013

Missoulian: Hundreds of Potential Jurors Bumped From U of M Rape Trial

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Media from throughout Montana have descended on Missoula for the beginning of jury selection in the trial of a former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback, charged with the rape of a fellow student.

Jordan Johnson is facing the felony charge, which carries a possible prison sentence of two years, for the alleged rape at the woman's home near the UM campus. The coed had texted to her roommate following the alleged incident:

“Omg … I think I might have just gotten raped ... he kept pushing and pushing and I said no but he wouldn’t listen.”

This morning's Missoulian reports that several citizens called for jury duty told the court Friday that they had "heard entirely too much about the case in bars," while another said she was a die-hard UM fan and likely unable to be impartial.

"One potential juror after another in ther rape trial ... was dismissed during questioning of the jury panel," according the Missoulian.

Because the jury pool is so large—400 people—the Missoulian reports that the jury selection proecess had to be moved from the courthouse to the Missoula Holiday Inn Downtown. By Friday's end, hundreds of potential jurors had already been dismissed. The process will continue Monday morning.

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