BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The former Republican jury commissioner in a western Pennsylvania county has been charged with illegally sending jury duty questionnaires to two county commissioners who voted to eliminate his job, and two others who supported the move.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jon Galante faces a preliminary hearing March 3 on four counts of interfering with the selection of jurors.
Potential jurors are supposed to be randomly selected, but court papers show Galante confessed to state investigators that he manually entered the system to ensure jury duty questionnaires were sent in October to two Butler County commissioners, the county solicitor, and a citizen who also favored cutting the Galante's job. The commissioners voted in May to cut the position effective at the end of last year.
Two of the four were later summoned for jury duty, but excused.