Opioid Judge Reverses Order Excluding Unvaccinated Jurors From Trial
Ohio U.S. District Judge Dan Polster initially said only individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 could serve on a trial set for October. Defense counsel said the move would block the court from getting a fair cross-section of the community. The debate comes as courts, in the midst of returning to jury trials at the courthouse, grapple with jurors and the vaccine.
At a telephonic status conference earlier this month, Senior District Judge Dan Polster broached the idea of only having those jurors vaccinated against COVID-19 sit for an Oct. 4 trial over the opioid crisis. The plaintiffs, two Ohio counties, had no objection; the defendants, a group of pharmacies, didn’t immediately respond.
So, on June 14, the judge issued an order stating that only individuals who were fully vaccinated could serve as jurors “to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the trial.”
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