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9-year-old boy summoned to jury duty in Mass.

3 years ago March 19, 2012 Mar 19, 2012 Monday, March 19 2012 Monday, March 19, 2012 11:30:57 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

YARMOUTH, Mass. - 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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