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Wisconsin jury trials postponed for weeks because of virus



The spread of COVID-19 will cause many courtrooms around Wisconsin to go dark for the next month or so. 

Under orders from the state Supreme Court, jury trials in the state are suspended through May 22nd. 

Justices say the virus outbreak poses a health risk to people taking part in traditional jury trials, and might cause healthy jury members to become overly anxious and perform poorly as jurors. 

In most cases, court appearances in person by defendants will be postponed into late April, or will be conducted by video hookups or other distancing methods. 

No major criminal trials in La Crosse County appear to be affected by the court order.    


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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