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9-Year-Old Jacob Clark Summoned For Jury Duty By Mistake In Massachusetts (VIDEO, POLL)

03/19/12 10:05 AM ET AP

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YARMOUTH, Mass. -- Like many people who get summoned to jury duty, Jacob Clark didn't want to go.

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

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.

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