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Skipping jury duty because of frequent bathroom breaks; La Crosse judge hears all the excuses



Some of the excuses were out there.

Excuses as to why about a dozen people from La Crosse County didn’t report for jury selection in the Todd Kendhammer murder trial last month.

Tuesday, Judge Todd Bjerke called them into his court to find out why.

Here were some of those reasons:

  • Some of them said they missed seeing the December date for reporting to the courthouse.
  • Others thought they would get a reminder call from court officials.
  • Some said they couldn’t get away from work.
  • One person claimed he heard the trial was going to be moved out of La Crosse.
  • Another assumed he wouldn’t get on the jury because he takes medication that leads to frequent bathroom breaks.

Three people didn’t have any excuse. Because they didn’t show up to the summons to ask why they didn’t show up in the first place.

Bjerke fined most $200 but added the fine would be dropped if they show up the next time they’re called. He fined the three that didn’t show up $500.

Dozens received the summons to potentially serve in the murder jury.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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