Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 13, 2012

Deputies could make jury run

Nearly half of those called fail to report

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — District Judge James Lagomarsino may order sheriff’s deputies to go pick up prospective jurors who did not answer a Tuesday summons for jury duty.

The judge had said after the last jury call, when only 65 out of 300 people summoned for jury duty showed up, he’d consider sending deputies out to pick up those who didn’t report.

About 60 to 70 of the letters sent to prospective jurors were returned as undeliverable, but that still left over half of those called not showing up.

On Tuesday, 106 people answered a summons for jury duty out of 400 summons that were sent out, Lagomarsino said. About 100 of the jury summons were returned this week, he said, still leaving almost 200 people unaccounted for.

Sheriff’s deputies were ready to start rounding up the “no-shows” but were not pressed into service — yet.

In a letter to Sheriff Les Cotten that was shared with the media Tuesday, Lagomarsino said he is considering further action.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I decided the prudent course of action to be not to send officer out (Tuesday) until the Court has a list of those summoned who can be presumed to have received their summons but did not appear,” Lagomarsino wrote.

“I will set a date and time to have your officers bring them to the Court for possible contempt proceedings,” he continued.

Cotten said he was supportive of Lagomarsino’s desire to have those called for jury duty report as they are required to, and would provide whatever assistance the court requested.

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