A “Fine-Looking” Mask in Use in Georgia Federal Court

By on October 21, 2020

Masked trials have been a problem, because lawyers want to see jurors, and they want jurors to see speakers. Law.com reports that the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia “got around that question this week by securing clear, plastic masks for witnesses to wear while testifying.” Here’s the mask, called “The ClearMask”:

A Fine-Looking Mask in Use in Georgia Federal Court--The Jury Returns

Image via The ClearMask

This was one accommodation of many for a criminal defendant who refused to waive his rights under the Speedy Trial Act. There is otherwise a moratorium on jury trials in this district. In the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, which includes Atlanta, jury trials are on hold until at least January.

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