Request for Questionnaire in Sheriff Metts Trial

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A motion was filed on Monday to allow a special questionnaire in the public corruption case of Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

The assistant US attorney filed the paperwork, calling for the questionnaire to be given to potential jurors. The motion says that both sides will meet before the September 3rd pre-trial meeting to try to reach an agreement on the questions.

DOCUMENT:Read the Full Motion from the US Attorney

The corruption trial against the former sheriff may also include jurors from all across the state. The motion also asked the court to use the district-wide jury.

They say that a state-wide panel reduces the likelihood of someone being selected that has had either positive or negative interactions with the former public official. Attorneys for Metts agree with using the district-wide panel

Previous Coverage: Sheriff Metts, 2 Others Indicted

Metts is accused of taking bribes in exchange for giving help to illegal immigrants that were housed at the Lexington County Detention Center. Two other men are facing state charges in connection with that same case. Metts has been suspended from office pending the results of the trial.


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