NW Iowa man in trouble for skipping jury duty

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Sioux City man to community service for skipping jury duty. The Sioux City Journal says U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett on Wednesday ordered Dallas Thompson to perform 40 hours for not showing up for jury duty in federal court on Dec. 19th. According to the judge’s ruling, Thompson returned a call from the clerk’s office that day and left a message that he had forgotten. He later failed to respond to two letters requesting a written explanation. Bennett ordered Thompson to court. Thompson told the judge he didn’t show up because it didn’t think “it was that important.” Thomas must complete his community service within six months. If he doesn’t, he faces a three-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.