Jury Summons Issued For Backpack Bomb Trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury Summons Issued For Backpack Bomb Trial

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than 200 jury summons have been mailed to prospective jurors ahead of the trial of a Colville man accused of leaving a backpack bomb in downtown Spokane.

Officials mailed 250 jury summons and questionnaires to potential jurors for all federal trials in the Eastern District of Washington scheduled to start August 22. That includes the backpack bomb trial and any other civil or criminal trial that starts on August 22. Authorities were unable to confirm how many other trials were scheduled to start that day.

Authorities said 250 letters are issued every two weeks and the jury-pool was not increased to solicit jurors for the high profile trial of Kevin Harpham.

Harpham is accused of leaving an improvised explosive device along a parade route in January where thousands were getting ready to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Members of the local media have covered the court proceedings extensively.

Judge Justin Quackenbush, who is presiding over the case, has said repeatedly he wants to seat a fair and impartial jury. He has sealed several documents from the public in an attempt to limit the public's knowledge of the case.

Potential jurors started receiving the summons in the mail last Friday.

Authorities included a standard 3-page questionnaire with the summons. Potential jurors are asked to answer questions including whether they (or any member of their family) are employed by the government or members of law enforcement.

Notices were sent to random voters and drivers license holders in Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties.

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