Imagine filling out your new online juror questionnaire and you look to input your “sales” occupation and “slave” comes up? That’s exactly what happened to one juror in Dekalb County, Georgia.
The newly designed online juror questionnaire has only been used for a month and the “slave” occupation seemingly went unnoticed until Monday. In an interview with 11Alive, County Administrator Cathy McCumber said the occupations were based off an internal list that’s 13 years old. Or maybe she meant 113 years?
“That is not an occupation, slave is not an occupation,” said DeKalb resident, Cheryl Glass.
The company behind the software expects that it’s a glitch.
“Hopefully it’s just a glitch and hopefully it will be worked out. It doesn’t make sense, but at the same time people make mistakes,” said Anna Wyatt.
Although the word was removed within an hour of learning about it, Dekalb County residents were still in disbelief.
“So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow,” said Bridgette Mathis.