Maine Postpones First Jury Trial In Months Due To Virus

Sep 16, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state's first jury trial since March has been postponed because the child of a key witness has symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

Maine hasn't held criminal jury trials in six months due to the pandemic.

The judiciary scheduled three trials this month as pilots. Two are in Augusta and one is in Bangor.

The first trial, scheduled to start on Tuesday, concerned a defendant charged with misdemeanor operating under the influence. However, the Portland Press Herald reports a police officer who was a key witness has contacted the prosecutor to say his child got sick at day care and needs to be tested for the virus.