Kenoi trial requires massive jury pool | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Summons have been sent to 1,600 potential jurors for Mayor Billy Kenoi’s theft trial, which is scheduled to start Monday in Hilo.

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According to Ken Lawson, a faculty member of the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, seating a jury for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial “is going to be hard.”  Summons have been sent to 1,600 possible jurors for Kenoi’s trial, which begins on Monday, 10 October2016.

Lawson says having 1,600 persons in the jury pool “is an indication  there’s an underlying belief that it’s going to be hard to seat a jury.”

State Judiciary spokeswoman Tammy Mori says “if a case is high-profile, 300-500 jurors usually receive summons.”  Mori adds “We want to ensure we have a fair and impartial jury.”  The large jury pool will be reduced to 12 jurors and four alternates.

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