Judge Clears Criminal Record For Man Who Missed Jury Duty
Recently we reported that Deandre Somerville was given 10 days in jail and sentenced to 12 months probation for over sleeping and missing jury duty. As a result he got a criminal record which could severely impact his future.
However, CBS News reports that Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes just rescinded his contempt finding and cleared Somerville of his criminal record and probation term.
“I know he now understands and respects our system of justice and the critical role jurors play in that system,” Kastrenakes wrote. “In conclusion, I do not want even a finding of contempt to be gleaned from a perusal of his background or record.”
Somerville had no previous criminal record, or any problems with the law. He spent most of his time working and looking after his grandparents. He wrote a letter of apology to Kastrenakes’ court on Friday,
“As a result of my irresponsible actions, my life has been forever changed,” he said. “Everything I’ve gone through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”
The judge called his letter “moving, sincere and heartfelt.”