Appeals court rejects effort to move Smart trial

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a defense effort to move the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial out of Utah.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Friday that pretrial publicity didn’t merit a change of venue, despite protests by attorneys for Brian David Mitchell.Mitchell’s lawyers argued that the jury pool in Salt Lake City was tainted and that jurors who were finally picked had predetermined Mitchell’s guilt.Prosecutors argued the 12 jurors and two alternates could make an impartial decision, despite some knowledge of the case.Mitchell’s trial on kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor charges was halted Thursday to allow the appeals court to rule.U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball in Salt Lake City says trial will resume Monday.

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