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Authorities say man skipped jury duty to drink

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - Curtis Lemons was supposed to report for jury duty
in a drunk driving case. Instead, according to authorities, the 50-year-old
Cape Girardeau man skipped the jury duty so he could drink himself.

Lemons received a summons to appear as a prospective juror in the case.

When he didn't show up on Monday, a bailiff called his house. Lemons told
the bailiff he was too busy to come to court.

Associate Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen instructed officers to bring Lemons
to the courthouse. Deputies say they detected a strong odor of alcohol
on him. Lemons was held in custody while the DWI trial went on.
Authorities say Lemons told the judge he had been drinking rum in the
morning. Thomsen found Lemons in contempt of court and fined him $250.
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