Finney County court sees few jury trials

Of the nearly 700 criminal cases in Finney County last year, only six actually went to trial.

While the county doesn’t have specific numbers on how many cases were dismissed, many are settled through plea bargains.

“If we were to do jury trials on every case we would have to be doing roughly three a day and that would be assuming a trial wouldn’t take more than a day,” said Susan Richmeier, Finney County attorney.

Many attorneys say that plea bargains are a necessary part of the...

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