Juror selection is scheduled for Tuesday in the conspiracy trial of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald and his son in the case involving the sale of Big Boquillas Ranch to the tribe.
MacDonald and his son, Peter "Rocky" MacDonald Jr., were convicted Oct. 17 on charges of bribery, ethics violations and conspiracy. Both were sentenced to jail terms, but have been released to help with their appeals.In the second of the elder MacDonald's three trials he faces in tribal court, the former chairman is charged with one count of bribery, one count of fraud, one count of conspiracy, and 10 counts of ethics violations in the ranch sale. He could face another four years in jail and fines.
Rocky MacDonald is charged with one count of conspiracy and could face six months in jail and fines.
The trial stems from the tribe's February 1987 purchase of the 491,000-acre ranch.
The tribe bought the ranch for $33.4 million after a company had paid $26.25 million for the land earlier in the day.
The Window Rock District Court has summoned 125 Navajos and 125 registered voters from Apache County as potential jurors.