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While many of us already view our dogs as members of the family, a Bridgeton, New Jersey courthouse has summoned a dog to be a member of the jury!
When Barrett Griner received the dreaded jury summons last Friday, he was shocked to find the summons addressed, not to him, but to his 5-year old German Shepherd IV (pronounced “Ivy”).
Truth is, it was more coincidence than government glitch. Griner’s full name is Barrett Griner IV, that’s why Griner chose the unique spelling of his dog’s name. The Cumberland County computer-generated jury selection system simply misplaced the IV at the end of his name, printing it as his first name – making it appear that the dog was the one being summoned.