October 4, 2019


Failing to report for jury duty is no joke. Just ask a Florida man who accidentally overslept and was sentenced to 10-days in jail for missing his jury service. Katie Johnston reports.


He got picked for jury duty in a civil trial, but when Deandre Somerville overslept, it became a criminal matter — for him.

Mr. Somerville, 21, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was ruled in direct criminal contempt of court last month by a circuit court judge, who sentenced him to 10 days in jail and one year of probation for missing jury duty, court records showed.