- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A Marion County sheriff’s spokesman says a Salem, Ore., man who failed to show up for grand jury duty after saying he could serve was found in contempt of court and jailed for 24 hours.

Sgt. Chris Baldridge says 48-year-old James McCalmon II had agreed to serve on a grand jury after he was initially summoned. The man reported he had no conflicts that would prevent him from appearing.

Baldridge says that when McCalmon failed to appear Tuesday, deputies were sent to find him. They got no answer at his residence. On Wednesday they returned, found him and brought him before the court.

The spokesman says the man told the court he worked a graveyard shift and knew he needed to call the court but didn’t do so. The court relieved McCalmon of his grand jury obligation, found him in contempt and sent him to the Marion County Jail, where he spent 24 hours.

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