Local imprisoned 241 militia members are feeling the burn since a federal judge denied their request on Wednesday to expand the jury pool for their upcoming federal trials.
Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney, and Lonnie Vernon had asked District Court Judge Robert Bryan for a jury pool of up to 100 people, but Bryan set the pool at 75.
Prosecutors tried to set the pool to between 65 and 70 people.
The defendants argued that since their story has been heavily publicized, they need a larger pool of people to counter their statuses as public figures.
Cox and the others also requested to expand the number of peremptory challenges allowed under federal court rules.
That’s where defendants can remove a potential juror from the juror pool without needing to give a reason.
That request was also denied.