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Courts in Nebraska, Iowa set plans amid virus pandemic

Three Illinois guards have been indicted on charges of inmate assault resulting in death and obstruction of the investigation. In a statement from the United States Department of Justice, the three correctional officers made their initial appearances in federal court Friday morning. (MGN Image)
Three Illinois guards have been indicted on charges of inmate assault resulting in death and obstruction of the investigation. In a statement from the United States Department of Justice, the three correctional officers made their initial appearances in federal court Friday morning. (MGN Image)(KWQC)
Published: Mar. 14, 2020 at 1:53 PM CDT
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State courts in Iowa and Nebraska are taking some precautions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. An order from Nebraska's Supreme Court chief justice says those at elevated risk of transmitting COVID-19 are barred from attending trials.

In Iowa, state courts may conduct meetings and hearings remotely. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some people, it can lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Federal courts in Nebraska are nixing all jury trials and grand juries for the rest of the month.

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