The trial of two former corrections officers charged over alleged prison abuse was delayed until the next trial term due to a lack of jurors, court officials said.


The trial of two former corrections officers charged over alleged prison abuse was delayed until the next trial term due to a lack of jurors, court officials said.

After an hour-and-a-half delay and several meetings in judge’s chambers with defense counsel and prosecution, President Judge Raymond Hamill made his decision to push the trial back until March.

“We have a problem,” Hamill told the court Friday. “We have 11 jurors and we need 12.”

Hamill said three jurors, including two alternate jurors, were ineligible.

An active juror did not arrive at court for the scheduled starting time Friday morning. After being brought to the courthouse by a sheriff’s deputy, she spoke with court officials and it was determined she was ineligible.

Of the two alternate jurors who were dismissed, one was a corrections officer at SCI-Waymart with prior knowledge of the case, and the other was recently treated for a medical condition.

“This is the first time in Wayne County history or at least the past 30 years when this has happened,” Hamill said, noting that since the jury was never sworn in, there is no “technical mistrial.”

Former corrections officer Raymond Price, of Carbondale, and former corrections Sgt. Michael Aspinall, of White Mills, were charged with official oppression in the alleged abuse of Wayne County prison inmate David Adsit.

Attorney Paul Walker, who was set to defend former corrections officer Raymond Price, said the he and his client were ready. “The juror came in and wasn’t prepared to be a fair and impartial juror,” he said. Aspinall’s attorney, Richard Henry, could not be reached for comment.

“What occurred is unfortunate and we will be ready to try the case in March,” said Asst. District Attorney Patrick Robinson.