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Cumberland County Summons Dog For Jury Duty

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While the judicial system is certainly not permitted to discriminate against potential jurors due to age, gender, race, sexual orientation and/or other factors, it seems that Cumberland County took things a step further by summoning a dog for jury duty.

Barret Griner IV notes that he named his German Shepherd “IV” after the “IVî symbol at the end of his own name; these letters represents the number 4 in Roman numerals. However, county records mixed things up, listed IV as Mr. Griner’s last name and subsequently sent a jury summons to IV Griner; that is, the family dog.

Those who are excited about the prospect of a canine serving as juror would be disappointed to learn that the dog has yet to appear in court. What is more, he would probably not need to and the chances of his being actually accepted as juror are nil. Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa notes that that IV’s owner would simply need to phone his office and provide information related to the summons. Mr. Moffa would then be able to determine who was meant to get the summons in the first place. Chances are that the summons was intended for the dog’s owner, Barret Griner; however, it remains to be seen which individual will be trusted to fill the dog’s shoes.

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