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Jury trials in La Crosse may still wait until January

Brad Williams

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The chance of resuming jury trials in La Crosse County during 2020 still seems very remote. 

Judge Scott Horne tells a county committee again this month that trials probably won’t happen until early in the new year, because of space restrictions designed to control COVID-19. 

The judge also says new ventilation equipment for the courthouse could help get business back to normal, along with video equipment for Zoom meetings.    

The county conducted only 3 jury trials this year before the pandemic led to mass shutdowns at government buildings.        

Monroe County recently conducted an in-person sentencing in a child abuse case, but set aside two courtrooms to accommodate all the participants, to provide social distancing.

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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