CALDWELL The trial of former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak got underway Monday before a packed courtroom.

Because the jury pool was so big, Judge G.D. Carey told The Associated Press that there simply wasn't enough room for everyone, so reporters were told to leave. Once jury selection was complete, the reporters were allowed back inside the courtroom.

Bujak is on trial for misuse of public funds. He is accused of taking $236,000 from the county by taking personal payments from a prosecution contract the city of Nampa held with the county.

Canyon County public information officer Joe Decker told us that open arguments wrapped up around 2:15 p.m. The jury then took a break. When court resumed, the state began calling witnesses. Only one witnessed testified today. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Bujak is acting as his own attorney. The trial is expected to take about one week.

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