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Juror du Jour: Boredom His Downfall

Grant Michael Faber Lesson to jurors: You can run, but you can't hide. Witness this item from today's news:

A Hillsboro, Ore., man who left jury duty after lunch because he was "extremely bored" was due back at the courthouse Tuesday to be arraigned on a charge of contempt of court.

A police report says officers found 25-year-old Grant Faber near his home earlier this month and asked why he skipped out. He said he was bored, and "just couldn't take it" anymore.

Washington County Judge Gayle Nachtigal issued a warrant for his arrest.

In a report about Faber's arrest in The Oregonian, Judge Nachtigal emphasized the importance of jury duty. "I think it is one of the most important civil responsibilities that citizens ... have," she said.

News reports do not say whether Faber was on a panel and sitting through a trial or merely enduring the seemingly endless wait to find out if he would be on a panel. If the former, then perhaps charges should also be brought against the trial lawyers for their roles in aiding and abetting the juror's boredom.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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