Backpack Bomb Trial Expected to Last Three Weeks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Backpack Bomb Trial Expected to Last Three Weeks

SPOKANE, Wash. - Attorneys revealed for the first time how long they expect to argue the trial of a man accused of leaving an improvised explosive device in downtown Spokane last January.

Federal prosecutors say the trial is expected to last about three weeks, according to documents filed in Federal court on Tuesday.  Attorneys plan to ask potential jurors if the length of service would create a hardship for anyone called to sit on the jury.

Attorneys filed a list of 22 questions to ask prospective jurors who will hear the case.

Among the questions:

-Can you swear that you would not allow the ethnic origin or race of any witness or defendant to influence your verdict in any way?

-Are you a member of any so-called "militia" group or do you sympathize with their views?

Kevin Harpham is facing four counts of felony charges related to a backpack bomb placed along the Martin Luther King parade route in January.

Three city organizers found the backpack and alerted authorities who re-routed the parade route which thousands of people used.

Jury selection begins September 12.  A federal judge postponed the trial which was scheduled to start August 22.

Federal authorities in Washington, D.C. coincidentally opened a National memorial to Dr. King on August 22, so the trial was delayed.

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