Super Bowl prep eases jury duty in Fort Worth

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 31 at 11:14 AM

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Super Bowl is the excuse why some potential jurors aren't needed in Fort Worth this week.

Tarrant County court officials have delayed some trials, citing the crush of fans expected leading up to Sunday's game in nearby Arlington between the Steelers and the Packers.

Judge George Gallagher says part of the Main Street area will be the football field for ESPN, which is broadcasting from tourist-popular Sundance Square. A downtown parking area normally used by jurors will be staging areas for the sports network.

Tarrant County typically summons about 6,000 potential jurors each week. Officials say the number usually summoned will be cut in about half.

Gallagher says jurors will still be needed for cases that could not be rescheduled.
 

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