- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge in northwest Arkansas has delayed a sexual-assault trial, citing a display placed outside the courthouse of hundreds of pinwheels aimed at raising awareness about child-abuse prevention.

Organizers say the 439 pinwheels placed outside the Benton County courthouse each signified a confirmed child abuse case in the county. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2o3ZHYa ), a sexual-assault trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday at the courthouse, but the defendant’s attorney sought a delay, saying that the pinwheel display could influence a jury.

The judge agreed and granted the continuance until June.

The group that placed the pinwheels, the Children’s Advocacy Center, said it hopes to find another location near the downtown square for its display.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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