Colorado Springs Defense Attorney Timothy Bussey Discusses Difficulties of Moving a Trial

The media publicity surrounding the upcoming trial of a woman accused of dragging a tow truck driver to his death has led the woman’s defense attorneys to consider moving her trial to another venue. The trial is scheduled in the El Paso County courts, but media publicity may have made it difficult for her to get a fair trial in that county. As experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Timothy Bussey told Fox 21 reporter Rachel Welte, however, getting a trial moved to a new venue is more difficult than merely showing that the media has covered it.

Instead, an argument to move a trial should be based on evidence that a cross-section of the community has been impacted by the media coverage so that they cannot fairly listen to the evidence in the case. A cross-section of the community is a representative sample showing that people from many different walks of life have all heard the negative press and formed an opinion about it that would prevent them from treating the parties in the case fairly.

Modern social media also makes changing a trial’s venue difficult. Before the spread of Internet and television news, a trial could often be moved to a neighboring county without worries that potential jurors there would have heard the damaging press. Today, however, it’s difficult to be certain that people in other Colorado counties have not heard the same news that has been heard in El Paso County.

As difficult as moving a trial can be, sometimes it’s necessary in order to ensure fairness. If you’ve been charged with a Colorado felony, attorney Timothy Bussey and the experienced legal team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you fight for the best possible outcome. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.

Modern social media also makes changing a trial’s venue difficult. Before the spread of Internet and television news, a trial could often be moved to a neighboring county without worries that potential jurors there would have heard the damaging press. Today, however, it’s difficult to be certain that people in other Colorado counties have not heard the same news that has been heard in El Paso County.

As difficult as moving a trial can be, sometimes it’s necessary in order to ensure fairness. If you’ve been charged with a Colorado felony, attorney Timothy Bussey and the experienced legal team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you fight for the best possible outcome. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.

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