The judge in the trial of James Holmes, for the movie theater shooting in Aurora, intends to send out roughly 5,000 jury summonses, according to the Denver Post. This would create by far the largest jury pool for a trial that has ever been called in Colorado, and among the largest in the country. Seating a jury in the case is expected to be extremely difficult for several reasons, although one of the biggest is the amount of local, national, and international media coverage the shooting has received. The fact that the prosecution plans to seek the death penalty makes seating a jury more complicated, as does the fact that the defendant is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.
Have you been charged with a crime in Colorado? Contact an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss your options.
Obviously, most people don’t have the complication of international media attention in their case, but selecting a jury in a criminal trial can still be an enormously complicated process. Ideally, a jury would comprise people who have never heard of the defendant in the case, or the victim of the crime. When you have been charged with a crime, your future depends upon having jurors who will not be biased against you because of something that has nothing to do with your case. This, however, is not easy to do. The fact is, there are a lot of people who simply can’t be unbiased, who will not be able to be fair and impartial. Jury selection can be among the most important parts of a trial, and you need a Denver criminal defense attorney who is highly skilled at ensuring that her clients are heard by a jury who is prepared to hear your side of the story.
Speak with Denver criminal defense attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi today if you have been charged with a crime in Colorado. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi is a dedicated advocate for her clients, fighting for their rights from the very first moment. She has helped numerous Coloradans to get the best possible outcomes in difficult situations. Whether you have made a terrible mistake or are accused of something that you did not do, she understands that you need and deserve an aggressive defense and an attorney with compassion for your situation. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, call the Tafoya Law Firm today at (303)813-1100 or fill out and submit the contact form on this website.