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Woman Skips Jury Duty, Gets Jail Time Instead

Posted June 13, 2007 2:32 p.m. EDT

— Wayne County Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis on Wednesday ordered Benita Cox, 33, of Pikeville to spend 10 days in the county jail after she failed to report for jury duty Monday.

Karrie Minchew, county jury duty clerk, said Cox had been scheduled to serve jury duty June 5. She arrived as expected, but left the jury pool room without permission, Minchew said, and went to work.

After that, Lewis told court officials to reschedule Cox's jury duty for this week, but Michew said she failed to appear and will go to jail instead once deputies arrest her.