Saturday, January 22, 2005

Virginia county where it is tough to seat a grand jury

The Daily Press has this account ("Jury of 5 hard to find in rural county," 1/22/05) on how difficult it can be to convene a grand jury in Mathews County.

It says, recently 7 were called but only three showed: "Among the four who spurned the duty, one called in sick, another claimed to be drunk and one couldn't be found." Thus began a search around town for two more grand jurors. Since one of the cases up for consideration involved a public official, none of the employees at the courthouse would sit on the grand jury. The extra two jurors were recruited from a nearby law office and a real estate offie.

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