Malheur militia judge plans 3 days for jury selection

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the Oregon standoff case says she expects jury selection to take three days.

The trial of Ammon Bundy and seven others charged in the 41-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled to start Sept. 7.

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown said at a status hearing Wednesday she anticipates 30 potential jurors to be questioned on the first day, followed by additional 30-person groups during morning and afternoon sessions the following two days.

If the jury comes together by then, opening statements would begin Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow told Brown he expects his opening statement to take 45 minutes to an hour.

The defense did not provide such an estimate. Five of the eight defendants have lawyers and the others are representing themselves.

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