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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Troy Kelley Trial Could Last 6 Weeks

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
File photo. Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley returned to office in December after a seven month self-imposed leave.

The March trial of indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley could take four to six weeks. That’s according to proposed jury questionnaires filed with the federal court.

Kelley has been indicted for possession of stolen funds and tax evasion in a case involving his past business practices in the real estate services industry. His upcoming trial promises to be long and complex.

In their proposed jury questionnaires, both the prosecution and defense ask potential jurors about the burden of a lengthy trial. The defense specifically asks whether it would be such a hardship as to affect a juror’s impartiality.

Both sides also want to ask the jury pool about their familiarity with the case from media reports. The defense wants to know if jurors voted for Kelley. Other questions deal with the jury pool’s experience with the title and escrow industry and their feelings about the IRS.

Kelley’s trial is scheduled to begin March 14. The first-term Democrat has pleaded not guilty to all charges and recently returned to work in the State Auditor’s office.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."