Attorney Adam Stone presented at this association during their Toolbox Seminar. His topic was voir dire/ jury selection during the coronavirus pandemic. He focused on his experience in Ashland County when he went through the jury selection, under the COVID-19 circumstances. He talked about the essential objections through trial, conducted during the pandemic, and under the conditions created by the public health crisis. Describing how his firm moved forward – preserved their objections but still voir dire their juries in the most effective manner for their clients – through masks, socially distanced, and in many cases, not even in courtrooms but exhibit halls and other open spaces that meet the Ohio Supreme Court’s jury trial requirements.
Finally, he discussed that his mandamus action filed in this case, State ex rel. Stone v. Forsthoefel, Ohio Supreme Court Case No: 2020-0547. Explaining the Court’s decision creates a de jure (by law) additional challenge to jurors for cause who fear for their health and safety because of the coronavirus.
Attorney Adam Stone is featured in the New York Times sharing his experiences with the current state of court room proceedings during the coronoavirus pandemic. When asked about whether witnesses should be required to wear a mask or not, Stone can be quoted saying, "You cannot effectively confront your accuser if that accuser’s allowed to wear a mask, and that is fundamental, as you know".
Having a case during the coronavirus pandemic, is uncharted territory for the entire Criminal Defense system. After taking all safety precautions and finally having the first Ohio in-person jury since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Attorney Adam Stone's client began experiencing troublesome breathing and had to be escorted out of the court house. Although this is a great example on how courts can continue to be open during COVID-19 when taking proper sanitation precautions, Adam Stone is fighting for the safety of his client and the jurors to keep the case postponed until May 15.
Attorney Adam Stone has an appearance on Court TV to speak on his case that was halted due to the fear of spreading the coronavirus throughout the court. Stone speaks about the importance of staying quarantine, after his client began experience COVID-19 systems during trial.
Attorney Adam Stone takes justice in his own hands by filing a writ of prohibition and mandamus to stop a criminal jury trial from moving forward. This is to protect his client on bond who has waived a speedy trial to protect him and the potential jurors and witnesses from exposure to COVID-19.