Jury selection in the trial of accused police killer Sagon Penn is to begin today in San Diego County Superior Court.
Judge Ben W. Hamrick met with attorneys and the media Tuesday to discuss ground rules for the trial, which could last four months.
Hamrick ordered that deputy marshals search all spectators before they enter the courtroom.
Penn's defense attorney, Milton Silverman, had requested that all those attending, except attorneys and members of the media, be subject to a search--not just blacks, as was the case during several pretrial hearings.
"The defense is concerned that inferences may be drawn by the jurors concerning the relative credibility of witnesses or the dangerousness of the defendant if this rule is not applied equally to all witnesses and spectators," Silverman argued in court papers.