Iowan Faces Six Months In Jail For Angry Reaction To Jury Duty

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Hate being called for jury duty? A Burlington, Iowa man faces of up six months in jail after a judge ordered prosecutors to find him in contempt of court for angrily reacting to his selection for jury duty.

Twenty-year-old Jacob Gates was ordered into District Judge Cynthia Danielson's courtroom on Friday after the judge was told Gates had made obscene gestures and profane remarks to court employees after he was selected to serve on a jury.

Judge Danielson removed Gates from the jury and requested that the county attorney file contempt of court charges against him. She also rescheduled Gates to appear for jury service next month, telling him that "as a citizen, this is a duty you are required to perform."

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