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Friday, March 13, 2009

Ind. Courts - "Angry Lake County judge jails missing juror"

Ruth Ann Krause reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune:

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a 20-year-old Schererville man to one week in jail after finding him in contempt of court Thursday for not returning for jury duty in a murder case.

Christopher Carlson had been selected to serve on the jury in the trial of Steven Craig Allen, charged with three counts of murder in perpetration of arson.

He told the judge after he left court Monday he found out his car had caught fire. He said he went Tuesday to retrieve the car from a Tinley Park, Ill., impound lot but wasn't able to do so.

"I think you're full of it," Murray responded.

Carlson had been told to call one of Murray's bailiffs if a problem arose. He never called, Murray said.

"We don't tolerate this kind of thing," Murray said, adding that Carlson had shown disrespect for the court, his fellow jurors, the attorneys involved in the case and the legal system.

Murray said Carlson will be released March 19.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 13, 2009 10:36 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts