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Wisconsin figures out ways to reduce virus spread in court



Wisconsin courtrooms have been pretty empty during the virus outbreak, but they could start filling up again soon. 

The state Supreme Court is allowing local courts to bring defendants back to courtrooms, if certain health precautions are followed. 

La Crosse County Judge Scott Horne says the video hearings conducted in recent weeks have been working well, with suspects appearing from rooms in the jail.   

Horne tells a La Crosse criminal justice committee that bigger rooms allowing more social distancing could be used for a while.   

Horne in La Crosse County says there probably won’t be any trials in the local courthouse, until later this summer.    

The judge is concerned about the set-up of most courtrooms, where jurors and spectators tend to sit very close together.  

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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