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Attorneys in Senser case argue over whether change of venue is needed

Amy Senser's lawyer says publicity about the vehicular homicide charges against her -- prosecutors' comments, in particular -- will prevent her from getting a fair trial in Minneapolis. Eric Nelson says the case should be moved to Willmar, Minnesota. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman argues there's no need to move next month's trial.
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Amy Senser's lawyer says publicity about the vehicular homicide charges against her -- prosecutors' comments, in particular -- will prevent her from getting a fair trial in Minneapolis. Eric Nelson says the case should be moved to Willmar, Minnesota. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman argues there's no need to move next month's trial.

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