Officers Recruit Potential Jurors on Sidewalk
Posted Jan 11, 2008 11:56 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Vermont judge ordered the sheriff and his deputies to go out and round up some jurors yesterday after a jury pool shrunk to only 20 people.
Judge Harold Eaton ordered the roundup after 14 out of 34 potential jurors had to be excused because they said they could not be impartial in a pending sex case.
The officers recruited potential jurors in front of a post office, mall and supermarket in St. Johnsbury, the Caledonian-Record reports. Forty-five new recruits reported to the courthouse.
Sheriff Michael Bergeron said "99.9 percent were just excellent" about the last-minute summonses.