RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Jury selection was delayed Monday in the Racine County sexual assault trial of Curt Johnson, an heir to the SC Johnson home products’ fortune.
The state Justice Department asked for an emergency delay in the case, until either an appeals court or the Supreme Court could consider an appellate ruling from last week.
That court said the 17-year-old victim in the Johnson case could not testify until the Racine trial judge could review her therapy records. But the girl has moved out of state, and has stopped cooperating with prosecutors after she initially did cooperate.
The Justice Department said the 56-year-old Johnson could be the target of double jeopardy if a jury is impaneled before a final ruling on the girl’s therapy records and testimony.
The case was held up until attorneys on both sides can meet with the judge on the matter June 8th.
Johnson was charged last year with repeated sexual assault of a child.