9-Year-Old Boy Summoned To Jury Duty In Mass.

By: AP
By: AP

Like many people who get summoned to jury duty, Jacob Clark didn't want to go.

But unlike most people, he had a legitimate excuse -- he's 9 years old.

"I was like, `What's a jury duty?"' Jacob told the Cape Cod Times in response to his summons to appear in Orleans District Court in Massachusetts on April 18.

His grandmother told him it was a good excuse to miss a day of school.

His dad called the jury commission office to find out what happened. It turns out that someone apparently had typed 1982 for the Yarmouth third-grader's birth year instead of 2002.

The mistake was quickly corrected.

Massachusetts Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood says a child gets called for jury duty once or twice a year.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    That is a big whoops- 1982 isn't even close to 2002.
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