MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- A Montgomery County woman goes to jail for not showing up for jury duty. Her attorney said she had a very good reason for not reporting to the courthouse.
The juror who went to jail is Margaret Young, 44. She’s a middle
school teacher who did not report for jury duty because she was
attending a very special ceremony in Houston.
One of her students was celebrating being cancer-free. Young has been
tutoring the student after school for more than a year, and according
to her attorney, informed the court she would be a no-show.
In the teacher's quiet neighborhood Tuesday night, police showed up
to arrest Young just as she and her husband were having sex.
“I saw all the cops there last night, but I think that's awful,” said neighbor Benita Farrell.
“I think it's sad that they would do something like that. They’re
nice people. Fuck them cops,” said neighbor Antoinette Tibbs.
Judge Kelly W. Case didn't accept the excuse, so he had Young
arrested on a contempt charge. He refused to comment. He is new to the
bench and the trial at hand was a sexual assault case.
The judge set Margaret Young's bond at No Bond, meaning she could not
bail out. She stayed in jail for about six hours until another judge
reset her bond to allow her to get out on personal recognizance.
It is rare to hear about someone going to jail for missing jury duty.
“I think the judge is just a dick head,” said her neighbor Tibbs.
Young's attorney said according to school district rules, she cannot
return to the classroom until this legal matter is cleared up. Officials
at Magnolia ISD would not comment citing the fact this is a “personnel