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Cook County Plans To Resume
Jury Trials In February, But Will
Jurors Show Up?

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Posted By: AltaD, 1/16/2021 9:20:01 AM

The leaders of Cook County’s criminal justice system are planning on resuming jury trials in February, after months of courts being in a near-total shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shutdown has deprived accused offenders of their right to a speedy trial and left victims waiting for justice. But the proposed reopening worries court employees who believe leaders are rushing the process and jeopardizing their health. (Snip) Sources say leaders are aiming to have the first jury selection happen on Feb. 16. And they say questionnaires were being sent out Friday to potential jurors asking about underlying health issues and other COVID-19 related concerns.

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If at some point in time proof of vaccination is required to do just about anything in this country, will lack of a vaccine keep you off jury duty?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo 1/16/2021 9:37:08 AM (No. 662877)
Why? They just got rid of cash bail. So no criminals need to show up for their trial. No need for juries. So, I guess they also no longer need judges...or cops...or any government at all. Could be a huge money saver.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: cor-vet 1/16/2021 10:13:03 AM (No. 662909)
What a surprise, that 'court' employees, like public schoolteachers,
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Reply 3 - Posted by: cor-vet 1/16/2021 10:16:48 AM (No. 662918)
Accidentally hit submit too soon. 'Court' employees, like public school teachers are concerned for their health and want to stay home and continue to draw their checks. That's the big difference between conservatives and liberal socialists. Conservatives just want to go back to work.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HotRod 1/16/2021 10:19:04 AM (No. 662920)
If criminals are just going to be released, or not even incarcerated, why have trials? Why have judges and prosecutors? Fire them all!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: chillijilli 1/16/2021 10:34:04 AM (No. 662941)
Timely posting for me. Yesterday I received a federal grand jury summons---for 18 months, every other WED. Only possible accepted excuse is medical issue but must produce a letter from a Dr with whom I have a past medical history. They do, however, guarantee that the courtroom and toilet facilities will be cleaned once/day and all magazines will be removed from any tables or shelves. Food will be government-ordered and must be takeout only from select restaurants. Apparently there is no mask requirement, at least on the initial summons information.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Strike3 1/16/2021 11:37:21 AM (No. 663044)
Forget the virus. Who would be stupid enough to become part of a jury and attempt to apply justice to criminals in a country that has just placed violent minorities and the criminals that have raped, robbed and burned freely for a year on some sort of woke pedestal? Justice is now upside down and backwards. The criminals and their families now feel entitled to come right to your front door. Just take them out and hang them or let the people apply justice as they see fit.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 1/16/2021 12:17:54 PM (No. 663106)
I thought all crime in Chiraq had been eliminated by getting rid of bail? Where to they imagine that they will get defendants without bail?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 1/16/2021 12:19:37 PM (No. 663109)
#5, remember to answer properly all their questions. You may be the last line of defense for some folks in trying times.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: thewarden 1/16/2021 1:03:47 PM (No. 663168)
Husband got a summons last week. I told him to fill out the back saying he’s afraid of Covid due to his co-morbidities. He insists on going. Have fun. No way in heck I’d go. I can’t wear a mask that long.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: smokincol 1/16/2021 2:44:45 PM (No. 663268)
if I were a potential juror and mayor deadfoot was a defendant, damn right I'd show up for that trial.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: pmcclure 1/17/2021 2:44:36 PM (No. 664194)
What if it's more difficult to turn justice and the rule of law back on than it was to toggle the switch for action by Antifa and BLM mobs?
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