748 views | October 5, 2019 | Video | By hiphopallaround
The 21-year-old Deandre Somerville was scheduled to serve on a civil jury in August. His reason for missing jury duty was that he overslept and for that innocent mistake he was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 1-year probation. Somerville explained to the circuit court judge why he didn't show up to the civil trial, where he was sworn in as a juror.
"I just said, 'Sir, honestly I overslept, and I didn't understand the seriousness of this.' The judge further asking if he had a criminal record. Somerville responded, 'Sir, I've never been arrested." By missing his jury duty, judge John Kastrenakis found the 21-year-old in direct contempt of court. He was originally sentenced to 10 days in jail, 150 hours of community service, a written apology of at least 100 words, a year of probation and $233 in fees. Following the sentencing, there was outrage on social media. Kastrenakis later reduced Somerville's sentence, to three months of probation, 30 hours of community service, reporting to the jury office once a week giving 10-minute talks on the importance of jury duty.
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