Georgia Juror Questionnaire Lists “Slave” As An Occupation Choice

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Georgia court came under fire this week after a potential juror discovered “slave” as an occupation choice on the DeKalb County Court’s online juror questionnaire.

A man using the website on Monday said he typed “S” on the dropdown menu for “SALES” and it took him to “SLAVE” instead.

"That is not an occupation, slave is not an occupation," angry resident Cheryl Glass told 11Alive.

"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.

The questionnaire went online a month ago, but is based on an internal list used for the last 13 years by the courthouse, said court administrator Cathy McCumber.

McCumber said the list is 62 pages long and she isn’t sure if “slave” appears on it.

She says the word was removed from the website within an hour of being reported.

"So they're saying it's a mistake?” asked Bridgette Mathis. “I don't think so. Why is that even an option? Wow.”

The online form replaces a hard copy, which was formerly mailed to jurors a month ago, as a more efficient method for turning in juror questionnaires.

Sources: 11Alive, USA Today