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Jury returns quick verdict in Anthony Drews case

A St. Croix County jury may have set a record for quick deliberation in a misdemeanor case last week.

It took 16 minutes for the jury to leave the courtroom and return with a not guilty verdict for Anthony Brian Drews of Hudson in a Feb. 7 disorderly conduct trial.

According to the court record, the jury went out at 1:24 p.m. Feb. 7 and returned at 1:40 p.m. to declare Drews innocent of the crime. Officials involved in the proceedings said after some organization and time to move members of the jury to and from the courtroom, actual deliberations took about eight minutes.

Howard W. Cameron was the presiding judge in the case, ADA Amber Hahn was the prosecuting attorney and public defender Bradley J. Keith represented Drews.