What happened to the mail? Justice delayed in the courts

CLEVELAND (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-Team has found an investigation into claims the U.S. Postal Service did not deliver mail, and it delayed justice.

The Cuyahoga County Court believes a lot of people did not get mail telling them when they had jury duty. That led to delays of trials.

The court’s administrative judge, Brendan Sheehan, says the court had sent out 1,900 notices telling people to show up last week for jury duty.

But, only about a dozen of those potential jurors came to court.

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An internal email to judges said the court is “confident that the post office failed to deliver summonses for new jurors.”

For days, we’ve asking the Postal Service for comment. What went wrong? Monday, we spoke to Judge Sheehan about the delayed trials and missing mail.

“We have a system in place where our jury summonses are set up, bulk-mailed and bundled and alphabetized, and they go to the post office,” he said. “Jury duty is so important to our business in the courthouse. We can’t resolve cases until we have those folks for a jury to have jury trial.”

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A Postal Service spokesperson sent an email to the I-Team on Monday, saying, “Management is working on it and has reached out to the justice center for more information.”

The court says the Postal Service has claimed the investigation is inconclusive.

We will check back on the findings of the inquiry. We will watch for any more missing mail from the justice center.

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