"This Humor Hotline is anything but humorous," Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said. "It creates disruption within the courts and creates unnecessary concerns for innocent citizens."
Numerous Muskegon-area residents have reported receiving calls or e-mails stating they missed jury duty. The e-mails tell residents there's a warrant out for their arrest and they must pay a $500 fine or face jail time.
"Even though this phone call suggests to 'pay it forward,' I would remind citizens that it is a misdemeanor crime to use the telephone to harass, annoy, threaten, intimidate or otherwise intentionally disrupt a person's peace," Roesler said.
The sheriff said jury duty notifications only come from a Muskegon County jury clerk.
"Our system of justice relies on the citizens of this community to serve as impartial jurors," Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson said. "This attempt at humor has the potential to deter people from fulfilling their civic duty, which limits our ability to provide a fair cross-section of the community in the jury pool."
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