Texas County Says 75% of Summoned Jurors Fail to Show Up


Midland County, TX., Sheriff Gary Painter is shocked and dismayed to hear jury duty has fallen to the wayside, reports KOSA CBS7 in Odessa. This week, of 750 summonses sent out, only 149 people appeared. “75 percent of people fail to show up for jury duty, that is a constitutional right,” said Painter. District Attorney Teresa Clingman said, “This is the worst problem with jurors not showing up for jury summons that I have ever seen in 25 years.”

When left with not enough jurors to chose from, trials may have to be delayed, and it can cost the county $4,000 a case. This month a trial for sexual assault of a child had to be pushed back. “Emotionally that really impacts the victims, to not be able to start on the day that they really thought they were going to get this behind them,” Clingman said. Painter says he now will send deputies to fetch every potential juror, “go to their place of business, we’ll snatch them up and we’ll go to court.”

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