Eastern District of Texas: The Jury Will Return in Three Weeks
An update on our last item. After a federal jury trial in Sherman was shut down due to multiple participants (including a lawyer and a jury member) being diagnosed with COVID-19, the court held a telephone hearing on Friday afternoon and then issued the following minute entry:
Parties agree to proceed with trial on 11/30 assuming no jury concerns or issues. Court will verify the current CDC guideline and protocol and make sure that all counsel, staff, and jurors abide by that guideline prior to resuming trial. Parties agree to proceed with initial charge conference on 11/17/2020 by telephone with final conference by 11/20/2020. Upon resuming on 11/30/2020 the Court will allow each side a brief 10 minute summary due to trial delay.