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9-year-old Massachusetts boy gets called for jury duty

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 20, 2012 in Odd News
Yarmouth Port - One potential juror recently called for jury duty asked for an exemption. He managed to duck out of his civil duty with little argument from the jury commission.
His excuse? The boy from Yarmouth, Mass. is only 9-years-old.
According to Cape Cod Times Jacob R. Clark, a third-grader at Station Avenue Elementary School, didn't want to go to jury duty, especially after he found out what's involved upon questioning what jury duty was.
After he heard about potentially facing people accused of crimes, he was definitely against going to his April 18 appearance date.
"He said, 'I don't want to go! I don't want to go!'" Deborah Clark, Jacob's grandmother, shared.
Robby Clark, Jacob's father, called the jury commission to see why his son was tagged for jury duty. The mystery was solved after Clark learned his son's birth year was listed as 1982 instead of 2002.
Interestingly, this is not Jacob's first summons. WHDH-TV (courtesy of MSNBC) reported he was already called once before, when he was 2-years-old.
So what happened?
Jury Commissioner of Massachusetts, Pamela J. Wood told WHDH, “It could have been a data entry error at the town, it could have been on the census form that the parents fill out, it could have been that it was hard to read.”
It's all reportedly straightened out now though and the date has been corrected. In order to participate in this civic duty he'll have to wait at least nine more years when he's old enough to serve.
Wood noted to Cape Cod Times that a child gets a summons in the state of Massachusetts about once or twice a year, usually due to the wrong birth year being entered. She said it's an easy fix if this occurs, stating, "We can just clear it up over the phone for you."
What does Jacob think of all this?
"I thought I was in big, big trouble because it involves court," Jacob told ABC News 6.
However, his father and grandmother noted the erroneous jury duty summons was a great opportunity to provide a learning experience for Jacob to learn about how the court system works.
While Jacob won't get to serve jury duty this time around, ABC News 6 said he'll get a limo ride, as he's scheduled to be interviewed for a network news show about his experience.
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