Judge calling in jury duty no-shows

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A state judge in southwestern Kentucky is calling in people who failed to show up for jury duty and threatening to issue a warrant for anyone who misses without a valid reason.

Christian County Circuit Judge John Atkins has set the hearing for July 25. Atkins told the Kentucky New Era the court is owed an explanation about why people didn't respond to the legal summons.

Atkins says in April, May and June, more than 400 summonses were sent and drew no response from potential jurors.

Atkins says the court is cooperating with people who have called in, who may have forgotten their notice on a kitchen table or have had other reasonable excuses like being hospitalized.

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