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Dog Picked for Jury Duty, At Least That's What the Summons Says

By Michael Mullins   |   Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 12:49 PM

A dog was picked for jury duty in Cumberland County New Jersey last week.

The error stemmed from an apparent computer glitch that most likely reversed and partially omitted the intended recipient's name resulting in the jury notice being addressed to the individual's 5-year-old German shepherd, named "IV Griner."

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"I got the mail and I look at it, and I’m like IV Griner, this is my dog’s name," Barrett Griner IV, the dog's owner, told NBC Philadelphia. "I’m wondering like, What is this? Something from the county office about her vaccinations or something? Like, why is my dog getting mail?"

According to the owner, his dog was registered with the state under that name for her vaccination certificate.



"She’s a female, so I named her 'IV' without the 'Y' as sort of a play on words. Somebody had to physically type in that name and they didn’t pay any bit of attention to it," Griner added.

According to Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa, the computer glitch that caused the error is responsible for many similar errors every year.

"This happens many times," Moffa told NBC Philadelphia. "I think that the computer probably randomly picks some things that are probably not as on point as they should be."

"As an example, if you had John Henry IV, sometimes the notice might just say Henry IV," Moffa added.

According to the county clerk, the error can be easily corrected with a phone call to his office.

Griner subsequently made light of the situation, telling NBC Philadelphia that his dog "might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that."

"The whole thing was just really, really funny," he added.

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