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Published: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 7:35:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 8:54:51 AM

Dog gets summoned for jury duty, computer found guilty

A German Shepherd in the US received a summons in his owner’s mailbox calling for the dog to report for jury duty – say what?

“It was just funny. I got mail for my dog,” said Barrett Griner IV, of Bridgeton, New Jersey in the United States when he first opened a jury summons on Friday addressed to 'IV Griner'. 'IV' is the name of his five-year-old dog.

The vaccination certificate of IV, a five year-old German Shepherd belonging to Barrett Griner IV, is seen with a summons for the dog (spelled as 'IV Griner') to attend jury duty. – Reuters

Court officials in New Jersey’s Cumberland County said on Wednesday, however, that a computer glitch is likely to blame for issuing the nonsensical summons.

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 (Barrett's) 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.

'What's a jury?' IV the dog mistakenly summoned for jury duty has questions of her own. 

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.”

But that’s probably something for the jury to decide: one bark for innocent, two for guilty. Woof. – Reuters

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