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A 9-year-old juror? Here's what happened...

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How would you like to see a 9-year-old sitting opposite you in the jury box? file, AP Photo

(CBS/AP) YARMOUTH, Mass. - When Jacob Clark got summoned to jury duty, like lots of folks, he wasn't all that enthusiastic.

But unlike most people, Jacob had a legitimate excuse - he's 9 years old.

"I was like, `What's a jury duty?"' Jacob told the Cape Cod Times in response to his summons to appear in Orleans District Court on April 18.

His grandmother told him it was a good excuse to miss a day of school.

His dad called the jury commission office to find out what happened.

It turns out that someone apparently had typed 1982 for the Yarmouth third-grader's birth year instead of 2002.

The mistake was quickly corrected.

Massachusetts Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood says a child gets called for jury duty once or twice a year.

Let's hope it's not the same child - that would really be unfair.

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