I am very happy to report the Florida judge who sentenced a man to 10 days in jail for missing jury duty has wiped his record clean.
21-year-old Deandre Somerville overslept for jury duty and was severely punished for his misstep.
In addition to serving 10 days in jail, Deandre was given 30 hours of community service, three months of probation and he must also report to the jury office once a week to give a 10-minute talk on the importance of jury duty.
It appears Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes had a change of heart over the weekend. On Monday, he gave Deandre a reduced sentence and wiped his record clean.
I know he now understands and respects our system of justice and the critical role jurors play in that system.
In conclusion, I do not want even a finding of contempt to be gleaned from a perusal of his background or record.
I know that he has been totally rehabilitated.
Although he can’t get back the 10 days he spent in jail, I am very happy Deandre will not have his clean record tarnished over a mistake.