In Illinois: The Longest Jury Trial Drones On

"All rise," intones Bailiff Marlene Augustine, and as they have more than 2,000 times before, the jurors and lawyers dutifully comply. Into courtroom 14 of the St. Clair County building in Belleville, Ill., strides the Hon. Richard Goldenhersh, presiding judge in the matter of Frances E. Kemner et al. v. Monsanto Co., Case No. 80-L-970 in the 20th Circuit, State of Illinois. The judge nods a greeting, settles into his leather chair, and trial day No. 534 begins. Another record is set.

Welcome to the longest-running jury trial in U.S. history, now into its fourth year. "It should be over before...

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