I can not read this article - forbidden over here - can you give maybe a 10% synopsis on this - plus the 1800 potential jurors part? TIA!
FYI - this article is from Feb. 2, 2021
BOISE, Idaho — 1,800 people were summoned to the Ada County Courthouse this past Monday and Tuesday to fulfill their duty as Idahoans.
Fremont County Judge Steven Boyce — who is still overseeing the case even though the venue has changed to the Ada County Courthouse
— gave those 1,800 jurors instructions and had them fill out a 20-page questionnaire.
Ada County Administrative District Judge Steve Hippler said Judge Boyce, prosecutors and Vallow's defense are going over those answers this week and will whittle down the number of jurors.
Beginning Monday, the remaining jurors will be called in groups, and lawyers will individually question them.
Hippler said it's possible this takes all of next week, April 3-7.
Eventually, they'll get to a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates — which is a lot of alternates.
"With 1,800 jurors, they're getting all these questionnaires hitting all major themes that both sides are concerned about to get a fair and impartial jury: the length of the case, publicity of the case, emotional toll of the case because these are children. The manner in which they died is going to be difficult and emotional, and then you have the mental health aspect.
Fisher also said religion will have to be addressed with jurors in the questionnaire and during the trial since it's a major factor in Vallow's case.
Fisher said she thinks finding a fair and impartial jury will be difficult.
Judge Hippler said Ada County courts paused jury trials this week because of all the jurors who were called to the courthouse. He, personally, won't be trying cases during the trial because he needs to be available for anything Judge Boyce and his staff need.
There will be more intense security inside and outside the courthouse. Because it's their case, Madison and Fremont counties sent sheriff's deputies to the courthouse — in addition to other local law enforcement.
"It's really a collaboration with the other counties that are involved from Southeast Idaho and with our team and it's been a process of conducting, choreographing how this will go," Hippler told KTVB. "We're managing it by working really well together as a team. The number of people and agencies involved in coordinating all this is - it's not just the courts; it's the Marshals Service, it's the sheriff's office, it's Boise city police who's helping us with parking and other issues. It's the clerk's office, it's the jury commissioner's office, it's the trial court administrator's office. And so it's a whole army of people and agencies that are helping put this together."
"It's a whole army of people and agencies that are helping put this together," Ada County Administrative District Judge Steve Hippler said.