John Bujak's trial begins in Caldwell
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) -- A 3rd District Judge barred reporters from a Canyon County courtroom on the opening day of a former prosecutor's trial after deciding there wasn't enough space for both the journalists and all the potential jurors.
Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak is charged with felony misuse of public funds because prosecutors say he took $236,000 for himself out of a contract to prosecute misdemeanors for the city of Nampa.
Jury selection began Monday morning. The Idaho Statesman reports that the pool of 65 potential jurors filled the courtroom, so a baliff asked reporters to leave.
Senior Judge G.D. Carey told The Associated Press that there simply wasn't enough room, but that after a few hours of narrowing the jury pool, reporters were allowed back inside.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com