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Pregnant woman denied access to court for jury duty

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30-year-old Jessica Spurr arrived at Spokane Superior Court for jury duty Monday morning. Jessica is also five months pregnant and did not want to go through a metal detector.

The Reason she says is that of the radiation that the metal detector transmits "I told the officers I didn't want to do that and they said the next option is the wand. Which is the exact type of radiation and I said no I don't want to do that," said Jessica.

Jessica said she was happy to wait for a pat down but "They told me they didn't have the staff in the building to deal with that and asked me to walk over to the public safety building," added Spurr.

KHQ headed over to the courthouse to get answers, and we spoke with Spokane County Security Coordinator Ray Bush to get their side of the story, and he cited the law: "Coming for jury duty pretty much anywhere in Washington state requires that anyone entering into a courthouse building will undergo a security screening."

When KHQ asked Bush about the radiation the machine gives off Ray Bush said the radiation is very minimal compared to a TSA body scan "The magnetometers are at a low enough range that it does not create any type of harmful effect, "said Bush.

Regardless of how much radiation the machines put off all Jessica wanted to do is speak with a supervisor "I was totally willing to compromise I would have waited for a female officer whatever they wanted," said Spurr.

And bush wishes his staff would have contacted him "I wish that someone had contacted me and I would have been able to with the young lady and kind of explain what the procedures are."

Bush told KHQ that he would bring this matter up at the next security meeting. KHQ will keep you posted on the outcome. As for Jessica, the courthouse called her back Monday afternoon and said she had been excused from jury duty.

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