Wayne County Deputies Shop For Potential Jurors At Wal-Mart
Posted December 1, 2003 4:15 a.m. EST
WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — Two trials in Goldsboro could soon be heard by people who were shopping at Wal-Mart.
A Wayne County court had summoned 150 people for jury duty, but over half of the potential jurors had excuses for not being able to appear, so a judge reportedly asked Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders to find some jurors.
Winders ordered deputies to go to the Wal-Mart and randomly pick 50 people. Those chosen were told that they were to report for jury duty for two upcoming trials on Monday.
"Some were very displeased. They didn't want to show any ID," Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.
Winders claimed he chose Wal-Mart because the people who shop there represent the people of Wayne County as a whole.
Winders said Wal-Mart was not the only place where he found jurors for trials. He said once officials stopped traffic and selected the first 12 people for jury duty.