Jury duty excuses: Dog ate summons, itchy body rash

Feb. 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Officials in a Nevada county said excuses from residents seeking to evade jury duty include summons-eating dogs and an itchy rash.

Clark County District Court Public Information Officer Mary Ann Price said she has heard many dog-related excuses from potential jurors, with the most common including dogs eating summonses and needing medical treatment that would conflict with the trial, the Las Vegas Sun reported Friday.

Court officials said one potential juror seen fidgeting in his seat in Judge Douglas Herndon's courtroom told the judge he had "no problem" with the idea of serving on a jury and thought it would be "pretty cool," but he was worried about a mysterious rash on his body.

"All I know is it's real itchy and bumpy ... and it's all over. And when I say all over, I mean all over," said the man, who was excused from jury duty.

Other excuses given to court officials include a man who said he needed to watch his children, who turned out to be ages 21 and 25, and a woman who said she was allergic to wool and feared the attorneys in the case would be wearing wool suits.

A man sitting in a jury pool in Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti's courtroom told the court he had a problem with people of a certain race and was excused, officials said. He later ran into a court marshal of that race at a fast food restaurant and told the other man he hoped he wasn't offended.

"Sorry dude, I don't have a problem with you," officials quoted the man as telling the marshal. "I just said that to get out of jury duty."

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