April 20, 2014

9-Year-Old Gets Jury Duty Notice

( 4UMF NEWS ) 9-Year-Old Gets Jury Duty Notice:

A 9-year-old boy in Massachuetts was understandably puzzled when he received a notice in the mail to report for jury duty.

“I was like, ‘What’s a jury duty?’ ” Jacob R. Clark told the Cape Cod Times.

The third-grader from West Yarmouth, Mass., was summoned to appear in Orleans District Court on April 18.

When Jacob’s grandmother, Deborah Clark, tried to explain what jury duty entailed, the young boy became worried.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to go! I don’t want to go!’ she told the Cape Cod Times.

His father Robby Clark called the jury commission office, and the problem was quickly solved. Jacob’s birth year had accidentally been entered into the system as 1982, instead of 2002, according to the newspaper.

Massachusetts Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood said a child is mistakenly summoned “once or twice a year.”

While Jacob is off the hook for now, his grandmother warned him he won’t always be so lucky.

“I said, “Someday you’ll have to go,” Deborah Clark told the Cape Cod Times.

Story @ NY Daily News