Superior Court Judge Jon Blue has rejected an effort by lawyers for Cheshire home invasion defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky to have his trial moved out of New Haven Superior Court because of publicity about the crime in the New Haven area.
The motion cited what it described as “unprecedented, prejudicial publicity surrounding this case,” and said the recent trial and conviction of Komisarjevsky’s fellow defendant Steven Hayes exacerbated that publicity. The lawyers asked that the trial be moved to the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
In turning down the request for a change of venue, Judge Blue notes that the lawyers will have an opportunity to question potential jurors about their prior exposure to the case in the jury selection process. He points out that the Hayes jury selection took 48 days. He also notes that in arguing for a change of venue, witnesses for the defense themselves used internet searches, which make details of the trial available to anyone anywhere in the world.
The judge did allow the lawyers to bring the motion at a later time, if the jury selection process does not come up with the required number of jurors in the New Haven Judicial District.