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Flu causes shortage of jurors in Dodge County

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

JUNEAU, WI (WTAQ) - At one point Tuesday, people out walking in the Dodge County seat of Juneau were not just cold – they could have been rounded up for jury duty.

The flu caused a shortage of jurors for a trial. So Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger wanted the sheriff to take to the streets of Juneau, find 6 jurors, and bring them in.

Sheriff Todd Nehls says it’s happened before – but the last thing he wanted were irate jurors snatched off the streets.

Nehls thought it could have made the prosecutor or the defendant uneasy – so instead, he contacted his squad of volunteers called the “Sheriff’s Posse.” And six of them agreed to the complete jury pool.

Nehls said he was proud of the Posse members who volunteered. The court appreciated it, and the wheels of justice kept moving forward. 

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