MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - There have been no jury trials in Shelby County since early last year out of fear of COVID-19 transmission inside small courtrooms.
Exceptions can be made if the state approves an attorneys request for a trial to resume, but Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft says no one has asked for a trial because seating juries now could be a big mistake.
“We have a skewed jury pool because of the virus,” said Craft. “Only professionals who can work from home would be available for jury duty.”
The WMC Action News 5 Investigators asked what a jury pool today would look like.
“We would see proportionately more white men this time than any other time in Shelby County,” said Craft.
Thursday at 10, see how health, race and employment status could impact jury selection moving forward and why one Mid-South attorney says the solution lies with jurors who have already recovered from the virus.
The Investigators dig into the COVID-19 courtroom crisis Thursday on WMC Action News 5 at 10.