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Change Of Venue Likely In Jared Loughner Trial

Publication Date: 
January 18, 2011
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Carol J. Williams

Professor Robert Weisberg is mentioned in the following article by Carol J. Williams of the Los Angeles Times on whether there's a good argument for moving the trial of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner to California.

The federal judge assigned to the case against Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner is likely to move the trial out of Arizona because the tragedy has profoundly shaken so many potential Arizona jurors, legal experts said Monday.

No motion for a change of venue has been filed, however, and a Justice Department spokesman said prosecutors would resist such a move.

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A federal judge's decision to move the trial of Timothy McVeigh to Denver after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing serves as a model of "the eminently logical thing to do," said Robert Weisberg, a Stanford University criminal law professor. McVeigh was convicted in 1997 in the bombing that killed 168 people, and was executed four years later.

"There's so much local volatility about this case, and there isn't a good argument against moving it to California," Weisberg said.