LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman is found in contempt of court, after a federal judge accused her of skipping jury duty. Tuesday morning, Judge Sam Cummings ordered Donice Paige Clintsman to be taken into custody until she paid a $500 fine. Clintsman was able to pay the fine and leave the Mahon Federal Building immediately after the hearing.
Officially the judge's order held her in contempt "for failure to appear in response to a jury summons in the United States District Court, Lubbock, Texas." The judge said she missed jury duty in August and again in October.
Cummings said in his 23 years, this is only the second time he had to hold a prospective juror in contempt for not showing up. He also said our very system of justice depends on having jurors and so a jury summons must be obeyed.
Clintsman apologized several times in open court. She owns Bar PM and she said the only way for her to have shown up on October 12th would have been to shut down her business.
The judge told her that it's actually more difficult for others who live as far away as Snyder, Texas to show up for jury duty and yet they do it.
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