Mitchell defense lawyers face uphill battle on venue change

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Mitchell defense lawyers face uphill battle on venue change

By pamela manson
The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated Jul 25, 2010 12:19AM MDT
The intense news coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing convinced a judge to move suspect Timothy McVeigh’s trial to Denver in an effort to find impartial jurors.
More than a decade later, attorneys representing Brian David Mitchell point to that case in arguing the publicity surrounding the abduction and return of Elizabeth Smart makes a fair trial impossible in Utah.
The odds that Mitchell will be tried on federal kidnapping charges anywhere but Utah are slim — change-of-venue requests are rese…
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