Florida Man Gets 10 Days In Jail Because He Overslept For Jury Duty

October 08, 2019

West Palm Beach, FL — Deandre Somerville, a 21-year old man from Florida who was selected to serve for a civil jury, has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for failing to attend the trial because he apparently overslept that day.

Judge John Kastrenakis ordered him to appear in court to explain why he did not show up to the civil trial wherein he had been sworn in as a juror.

“I just said, ‘Sir, honestly I overslept, and I didn’t understand the seriousness of this.’ He asked me if I had a criminal record. I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never been arrested,'” Somerville told WPTV.

The judge reportedly found Somerville in direct contempt of court. He also did not contact the court to let them know about his failure to show up that day, which delayed the trial for 45 minutes, according to court documents.


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