Wood County says people ignoring jury duty summons is a costly problem

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Wood County officials have expressed concern over what they say is the persistent problem of ignored jury summons.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure says the phenomenon of shirking jury duty seems to have intensified over the past few years, with absences costing the county extra time and money.

Lefebure says three people failed to show for a special grand jury session the county recently held, resulting in its cancellation.

The county had to pay the jurors who showed, as well as overtime for 15 officers subpoenaed to testify.

He also says an average of five of the 35-40 people called for a felony jury trial do not appear.

Failure to appear can carry a civil penalty and fine of up to $1,000.

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