Texas Man Skipped Jury Duty, Jailed for 83 Days

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

McKINNEY, Texas -- A Texas man arrested 12 weeks ago for allegedly failing to appear for jury duty has been released from jail after spending 83 days behind bar.

A newspaper inquiry led to the release of 34-year-old Douglas Maupin. Online court records show Maupin left jail Saturday, a day after The Dallas Morning News brought his plight to the attention of a Collin County judge.

Maupin was arrested Feb. 15 after police pulled him over for speeding and detained him on a 2003 warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. He could not pay his $1,500 bond, and said his attempt to get a public defender was rebuffed by a jail clerk.

The judge who released him called Maupin's lengthy detention unacceptable and said he does not know why the man remained behind bars for so long.

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