Status Update Due for Upcoming Refuge Takeover Trial

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Lawyers for six men and one woman who are to stand trial for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover are waiting for the government to determine how it wants to proceed.

A status report is due from prosecutors by midnight Wednesday. Jesse Merrithew, one of the defense lawyers, says that in back-and-forth emails with prosecutors, he has laid out the defense elements, including a request for timetables for motions to be filed and for jury summons.

This step ahead of the planned Feb. 14 trial comes almost three weeks after a jury acquitted another seven defendants of the same charge: conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs.

Merrithew says his side is also requesting more jurors be summoned in order to seek an impartial jury.

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