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Fri Oct 4, 2019, 08:04 PM

Florida man handed 10-day jail sentence after oversleeping for jury duty

On Aug. 20, Deandre Somerville was selected as a juror for a civil automobile accident negligence case at a courthouse in Palm Beach County. It was his first summons for jury duty, The Associated Press reported. Somerville was told to come back the next day at 9 a.m. But he missed his alarm and woke up at about 11 a.m. instead, the AP reported. “I woke up and I was like, ‘Oh shoot. It’s past the time,'” he told local news station Fox 6.

Instead of calling the bailiff or going to the courthouse, Somerville, who lives with his grandparents, went to his afternoon job, working at after-school programs for the city of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department. “At work, I was looking on my phone thinking, ‘What’s the worst case scenario that could happen?’ I thought maybe I would get a fine or something like that,” Somerville told the AP.

During his hearing, Circuit Civil Judge John Kastrenakes said the trial had been delayed by 45 minutes because of Somerville, whose conduct “impeded the due administration of justice.” Kastrenakes convicted Somerville of direct criminal contempt, handing him a 10-day jail sentence as well as 12 months probation, 150 hours of community service and an order to write an apology letter, Fox 6 reported.

Somerville’s public defender appealed the sentence, and a judge on Friday lowered his sentence to three months probation and 30 hours of community service. As part of his probation, Somerville will also have to report to the jury office weekly to deliver a 10-minute speech — each of which will count for three hours of community service — about why jury duty is important, Fox 6 reports.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/464477-florida-man-serves-10-day-prison-sentence-after-oversleeping

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Fri Oct 4, 2019, 08:38 PM

1. That really seems excessive.

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Sat Oct 5, 2019, 08:38 PM

2. Contempt of Congress gets you less.. This is disgusting!

Ask Lewandowski.

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