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Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. (Photo: John Disney/ALM) Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

The chief judge of the Northern District of Georgia has reluctantly extended the suspension of federal jury trials until January in an order filed Tuesday, saying the state now ranks fourth in the nation in total COVID-19 cases. 

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash said that, while he has concluded the eventual resumption of both civil and criminal jury trials “cannot await the complete demise” of COVID-19, he would not resume jury trials if it poses a risk to the public.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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