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TRIAL RUN – In a move that could prove instructive to other courts across the country, Texas trial court personnel will spend the first half of the summer conducting experiments to determine best practices for holding jury trials while keeping participants safe from infection by COVID-19, Angela Morris reports. According to Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, the idea to start gradually with experimental proceedings was itself inspired by an Ohio judge’s disastrous attempt to hold a criminal trial in April, which was ultimately cancelled when the defendant experienced difficulty breathing and went to the hospital.

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