Courthouse workers from around Wisconsin have a short time to figure out how to make the court system safer during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A state task force headed by Wisconsin’s chief justice held its first meeting last week, and La Crosse district attorney Tim Gruenke is a local member of that committee.
Gruenke said it’s a tough task, because a jury trial can bring dozens of people together in small spaces, and La Crosse’s 23-year-old courthouse wasn’t designed for social distancing.
When a homicide suspect was brought to La Crosse County court this week, Judge Elliott Levine had the courtroom to himself.
Levine was on the bench, connected to the defendant, lawyers and reporters by video links because of the coronavirus.