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Archive for Monday, March 21, 2011

Lack of jurors in Shawnee County delays trials

March 21, 2011

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— Trials had to be postponed for two days in Shawnee County because not enough prospective jurors showed up for jury duty.

Shawnee County administrator Don Toth says two trials scheduled were postponed because of the lack of jurors on March 14 and 15. But it wasn't lack of citizenship. Toth says most of the prospective jurors didn't get their notices because of an unknown problem with mail delivery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that on March 14, 26 of 131 of prospective jurors — or 19.8 percent — reported for service. The next day, 32 of 136 people — 23.5 percent — showed up for jury duty.

Toth says calls to prospective jurors for this week indicated most had received their jury notices, and trials are expected to resume.

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