New York Daily News — A Texas juror forgot to tell her family she was deliberating into the evening, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.
The juror had been working late Thursday evening in the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco when family members became concerned, according to the Tribune-Herald.
“This was a very intense trial and deliberations obviously were very intense because they deliberated for seven hours, and I think they just got so absorbed in what they were doing,” Judge Ralph Strother told the newspaper.
“It is comforting to know that the jury was taking it seriously, but we don’t want them to take it so seriously that they forget their families.”
In more than two decades as a prosecutor and a judge, Strother said that this was the first time a missing person report was filed for someone on jury duty.
“We knew everything was OK, and I’m sure the family member was quite concerned, and I don’t blame them,” Strother told the paper. “But from our perspective, it kind of brought a bit of comic relief from a very intense trial.”
After her family filed the missing person report, two Waco officers went to the courthouse to check on her whereabouts. Jurors were still working at 11:45 p.m. when the officers interrupted their deliberations.
This is absolutely something my mom would do. If I don’t let her know when I get home after driving at night or in the rain she is ready to call the police and I am three weeks away from being 25 years old. When my brother was studying abroad and she didn’t hear from him for two hours she almost contacted the embassy. But it’s because she cares.
Even so, I understand how this juror must have felt and can picture her eye-roll when officers told her they were there because her family thought she was missing and actually filed a missing person’s report, which is the ultimate worried mom move.
But I bet you this tactic worked because this juror will always check-in with her family when she’s going to be late from now on.
It’s actually kind of sweet that she has a family who worries enough to go through the trouble of filing a missing person’s report when she’d only been gone seven hours. We should all be so lucky.