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M&N Material's lawsuit against town of Gurley to be delayed

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By Jack Madison – bio | email

GURLEY, AL (WAFF) - The 2.75 million dollar lawsuit against the town of Gurley, its mayor, and Vulcan Materials has been delayed. 

There just weren't enough potential jurors. Judge Karen Hall says she was stunned.

Monday morning judge Hall called for 42 potential jurors, and there were nine left.

Six Madison County judges, plus one in from Jefferson County, were all set with jury trials at the same time. So we wanted to know, why not more summons for jury duty knowing the docket in advance?

Madison County Circuit Clerk Jane Smith broke it down. The number allows for the many trials that don't end up with a jury.

There were 35 weeks with potential jurors, and only 69 jury trials all of last year. Smith has been in the circuit clerk's office for 39 years, and this is only the second time they've ever run out of jurors.

"Last year in Madison County, we had 35 weeks that we had jurors here who were ready and willing to help us with jury trials. We only had 69 jury trials total in Madison County last year. So that we would have six trials in any week is very unusual," said Madison County Circuit Clerk Jane Smith.

M&N Material's lawsuit against Gurley, the mayor, and Vulcan Materials is now set to begin next Monday.

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