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Smart case judge: Speedier jury selection

Nov. 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The judge in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, the accused in the infamous Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, urged lawyers to question potential jurors faster.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said Tuesday it should take less than 5 minutes to interview each prospective juror, but the proceedings were averaging about 18 minutes per person, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

By the end of the day, there were 22 potential jurors. Ten more will be chosen, and a jury of 12 and two alternates will be selected from that group.

Mitchell is charged with kidnapping Smart from her home in Salt Lake City in June 2002, when Smart was 14. Now 22, Smart said Mitchell raped her repeatedly during the nine months she was held captive before she was spotted in California with Mitchell and his wife, the Tribune reported.

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