A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a
German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New
Jersey's Cumberland County said on Wednesday.
Barrett Griner IV, of Bridgeton, said he opened a jury summons on
Friday addressed to "IV Griner," the name of his 5-year-old dog.
"It was just funny," he said. "I got mail for my dog."
The court did not actually request that a dog serve on a jury, said
Mark Sprock, the local trial court administrator. He said a computer
probably misread Griner's numerical suffix IV as his first name.
"It probably picked up that IV, which is usually after his name,
from one of the databases and put it into his first name slot in the
jury system," Sprock said.
Typically, someone getting such an erroneous jury summons can call
the court offices and the error will be fixed, he said.
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Griner, 40, who works as a treatment plant operator at the local
water department, said he hasn't yet made that call.
"I hope that the judge finds it kind of humorous," he said. "That's
all I need is to have the local county and judge think I'm making a
mockery of his courtroom."
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna
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