06/14/2005: Another reason why I didn't stay in Chicago after graduation....
A pregnant woman who spent three days in jail after skipping out of jury duty has received an apology from the judge who had her arrested.Apparently, it never came out during jury selection that she was pregnant (which surprises me; usually a standard question that is asked in jury selection is if any potential jury member suffers from any medical conditions that might interfere with the discharge of their duties if selected to serve on a jury. Didn't she speak up at that time?).
Cook County Circuit Judge Preston Bowie said Monday he made a mistake when he issued an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Monique Mitchell of South Holland, Ill.
"This was a mistake on my part, and I apologize for it," Bowie said. "A judge, like everyone else, makes mistakes."
Mitchell was picked to serve on a jury early last month. She telephoned the court the next day and said she wasn't feeling well and wouldn't be back. When she didn't return phone calls from a sheriff's deputy, the judge issued an arrest warrant.
She was arrested at her home and spent three days in jail before being released on a $25,000 signature bond.
Well, the judge tried to be nice abou it:
After offering his apology, the judge had one last word for Mitchell: "I hope your next call to jury service will be an enjoyable one."Somehow, I think the apprehension (pun intended) will probably preclude that.
Len on 06.14.05 @ 08:42 PM CST