Judge denies motion to move Christian case out of county
The case surrounding a triple stabbing on a MAX train in Portland can proceed without a change of venue, a judge ruled on Monday.
Lawyers for Jeremy Christian — the man accused of murdering two people and wounding a third in May, 2017 — made motions to move the case out of Multnomah County last month.
In an eight-page ruling set out Monday, April 8, Judge Cheryl Albrecht denied that motion, though lawyers for the defendant will be allowed to re-raise the motion later.
"While defendant has succeeded in establishing extensive, adverse publicity in relation to this case, that fact alone will not require a change of venue," Albrecht wrote. "There is no automatic formula that will trigger a venue change."
Defense attorneys argued that Christian could not receive his constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair-and-impartial trial due to a deluge of negative press.
They also provided exhibits showing that most online comments on news stories about the train attack were "virulent" and appeared to pre-judge Christian's guilt.
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