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Bad acoustics force mistrial in Hancock County

Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon in the policyholder lawsuit Coastal Hardware and Rental Co. v. Underwriters at Lloyds et al.

A juror complained after lunch that he had been unable to hear some of the testimony in the Katrina case. Lloyds immediately asked for a mistrial. Dodson polled the jury, finding others also were unable to hear all the testimony offered in the newly renovated courthouse in downtown Bay St. Louis.

An attornney familiar with the courtroom told me the acoustics are very bad and something needs to be done.

In this case, all the expense of selecting and seating a jury, not to mention trial time and preparation, have been for naught.