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FILE - Harold Melton, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia, speaks during a dedication of the state's new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Judges say Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Melton told lawmakers during hearings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that it could take one to two years to catch up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

Jan. 20, 2021 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of piled-up cases with jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, judges told state lawmakers Wednesday “The judges across the state are very mindful of the backlog,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold...

Federal jury trials in Southern District off until April 5

Jan. 14, 2021 5:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson extended an order Wednesday suspending in-person jury trials in all divisions of the Southern District of Indiana until at least April 5. Other than jury trials, court proceedings shall continue to proceed by telephone, by video...

Louisiana jury trials off until March 1 due to virus worries

Jan. 12, 2021 4:46 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana Supreme Court order says no jury trials can be launched in the state until March 1 because of coronavirus concerns. The order, dated Monday, says any criminal or civil jury trials can continue if they have already begun. But new jury trials must be delayed to reduce the risk...

Venue change request denied for trial in Alton Sterling suit

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has rejected a change-of-venue request in a civil lawsuit over the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2016. Judge William Morvant’s decision on Monday means a trial that was scheduled for March 1 will...

Civil jury trials to resume in New Jersey in virtual format

Jan. 7, 2021 5:54 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Civil jury trials in New Jersey will resume in a virtual format next month on a limited basis, the state Supreme Court announced Thursday. Under the order signed by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, virtual civil trials will be held in vicinages covering Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland,...

Denver grand jury indicts crime group known as 'The Family'

Dec. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A grand jury indicted 12 people who were part of a group known as “The Family” on charges of committing a series of crimes, some at gunpoint, to fuel their methamphetamine addiction, the Denver district attorney announced Monday. Members of the group are accused of stealing the...

Kansas county prepares for jury trials at the fairgrounds

Dec. 26, 2020 2:54 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — One northeast Kansas county is moving jury trials to a building on its fairgrounds to allow for better social distancing amid the pandemic. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the plan is for jury trials in Douglas County to resume Jan. 11 at the Flory Meeting Hall. Chief Judge...

Maryland suspends jury trials as coronavirus cases rise

Dec. 23, 2020 9:20 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland has suspended jury trials until the end of April because coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state. The Baltimore Sun reports that state’s chief judge issued the administrative order Tuesday. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera said in the order...

Jury split on death penalty means life term in 2009 slaying

Dec. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man faces life in prison without possibility of parole after a jury deadlocked over whether he should be executed for what prosecutors called a revenge slaying more than a decade ago. The Northampton County panel announced shortly after 8 p.m. Monday after more...

Deliberations on death penalty in 2009 café murder slated

Dec. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday on whether a man convicted in what prosecutors called a revenge slaying more than a decade ago should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without possibility of parole. The Northampton County panel...