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Lapses in the legal system

Being a 9-year-old can be tough. Sometimes you have to pick up the toys in your room. Sometimes you have to solve multiplication tables for homework. And sometimes you have to go in for jury duty. Well, that's the way it was for Cape Cod third-grader Jacob Clark, who got a summons for jury duty in the mail, even though you are only eligible for jury duty after turning 18. His first reaction? "I was like, 'What's a jury duty?'" Clark, who lives in Yarmouth, Mass., told the Cape Cod Times. His second reaction, according to his grandmother, Deborah Clark? "He said, 'I don't want to go! I don't want to go!'" she said. And who could blame him? So, Clark's dad called over to the jury commission office to get to the bottom of it. Apparently the state had his birth date wrong. Someone had typed in 1982 instead of 2002. Speaking of slips in recordkeeping . . . A Nebraska lawyer practiced law without a license for 12 years before anyone noticed.

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