Thanks to a computer error at the county clerk's office in Cumberland County, New Jersey, a five-year-old German Shepherd has been called to sit on a jury (though not quite of her peers). When Barrett Griner IV was checking his mail recently, he saw that he had received a letter from the county that wasn't addressed to him -- it was addressed to his dog, IV. It was a summons commanding the dog report to the courthouse for jury duty.
"She's a female, so I named her IV without the Y as sort of a play on words," Griner told NBC Philadelphia . "Somebody had to physically type in that name and they didn't pay any bit of attention to it."
According to a spokesperson from the district court's offices in Trenton, the mix-up was the result of a fairly common computer error. Because of Griner's intentional "play on words" in naming his dog, the German Shepherd ended up in the hot seat. But, luckily for them both, being a dog is, apparently, a good legal way to get out of jury duty.
"[IV] might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that," Griner said.