YAKIMA (The Associated Press)--Yakima County Superior Court judges will no longer hold criminal trials in the county jail after the Washington Supreme Court ruled the setting was prejudicial.
The high court reversed the conviction of Yakima murder defendant James Frank Jaime in May, saying it was unfair his trial was held in the county jail rather than the courthouse.
Court administrative consultant Harold Delia tells the Yakima Herald-Republic the judges concluded continuing to hold trials in the jail basement will lead to routine appeals.
Moving all trials the courthouse will require the county to spend more money on security at a time when the county faces a $1.3 million budget shortfall.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com