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Refuge occupiers concerned about possible liberal Portland jury

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Booking photos of some of the people arrested for the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Booking photos of some of the people arrested for the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

Lawyers for those who occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon this winter are concerned a jury comprised of people from the greater Portland area won't be impartial.

The trial for Ammon Bundy and 25 others is set for September. At Wednesday's status hearing, a defense attorney suggested the possibility of change of venue, and asked a federal judge to approve funding for an analysis of the media attention the case received and, possibly, a survey of community attitudes.

But U.S. District Court Anna Brown seemed inclined to reject the funding, unless the need was apparent after a thorough jury selection process.

She seemed more agreeable to a request the jury include people from throughout Oregon. But Brown said it's "totally speculative" to suggest a jury from the Portland district would be too liberal. The district includes Oregon's entire northwest quadrant.

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