SAN FRANCISCO—What do you do when a global public health crisis interrupts a federal criminal trial?

U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California had to grapple with that question at a hearing Wednesday afternoon in the case involving Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, a Russian man charged with hacking into computers belonging to Bay Area tech companies. Chief among the judge’s frustrations was that the jail where Nikulin is being housed does not currently have any tests for the COVID-19 virus.

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