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1st trials since March moving forward this week in Maine

Judges, clerks, attorneys and advocates are watching closely for potential pitfalls for trials held during a pandemic.
Penobscot Judicial Center
Penobscot Judicial Center(WABI)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 11:20 AM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -

Maine is preparing this week for the first trials since March.

In Penobscot County, a man charged in a 2017 killing in Cherryfield is going on trial on a murder charge. In Kennebec County, two juries already have been selected for a couple of drunken-driving trials.

Judges, clerks, attorneys and advocates are watching closely for potential pitfalls for trials held during a pandemic.

“What happens or doesn’t happen will affect what happens or doesn’t happen across the state,” Superior Court Justice Robert Mullen told the Portland Press Herald.

In Bangor, the clerk’s office summoned more potential jurors that usual.

The questionnaire included questions about hardships caused by the pandemic. The court is excusing those who have concerns related to COVID-19. That includes a medical condition that puts them at higher risk.

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