Judge To Zoom Trial Asbestos Jury: 'Pay Attention, Please'

By Dorothy Atkins (August 24, 2020, 6:14 PM EDT) -- A California state judge on Monday asked jurors watching an asbestos trial online to "pay attention, please," as a Honeywell corporate representative testified on whether the company is liable for causing a former custodian's mesothelioma, telling one juror to "imagine yourself being here in court."

During a jury trial held via Zoom, Alameda Superior Court Judge Jo-Lynne Lee stopped the witness examination of Honeywell's corporate representative, Joel Cohen, and told a juror that he must listen.

"You do need to be paying attention, please," the judge said. "You need to imagine yourself being here in court, so we do need you...

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