North Texas Man Jailed For Skipping Jury Duty

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas man pushed his luck one too many times trying to avoid jury duty. Efforts to avoid doing his civic duty have landed Jose Bocanegra Jr. behind bars.

The Mansfield resident spent months either making up excuses for not attending jury duty or simply not showing up.

“He tried to get disqualified by stating he was a felon — that got denied,” Jury Bailiff Paula Morales recalled. “He tried to get excused by claiming he was the caretaker of an invalid. We couldn’t substantiate that, so that was denied.”

On one occasion Bocanegra actually reported for jury duty, but after checking in, he left minutes later. That’s when a bench warrant for his arrest was issued.

Bailiff Morales said she took extreme steps to try and speak with Bocanegra and had been trying to reach him since last Spring…

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