Judge summons no-show jurors to court after mistrial in child rape case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge is ordering 36 people to explain why they didn’t show up for jury duty after their absences forced a mistrial last week in the case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Court officials say the absent jurors will be served summonses to appear in court, and they could face fines or other penalties.

Officials say the large number of absentees doesn’t appear to be from clerical problems.

Larson RonDeau, Jerry Flatlip and Randall Flatlip have all pleaded not guilty to child rape and sodomy charges. Their trial was expected to start last week.

Prosecutors say the men assaulted the girl in March while her mother was in the garage smoking methamphetamine. The men had been staying in the house in rural Uintah County.

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4 Comments

  • DRT December 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’m glad to see this. Now then, lets see what, if anything is done to them.

  • biker11 December 20, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I’ve never heard of this, ever, could they be part of the same group or same belief system?

  • jaybird December 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Child molesters, pedophiles, shoot on sight.

  • Larry December 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

    That many not showing up sounds like a mistake on the courts’s end…36 total sounds like close to the entire jury pool (at least when I was called in). It would be nice to know how many if any showed up?

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