Juror refused to serve & judge sent him to jail

Published On: Aug 01 2013 04:22:43 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 01 2013 05:52:35 AM EDT

 A man apparently unhappy that he was picked as a juror has spent a night in jail after refusing to serve in Grand Rapids federal court.

Steven Freed was found in contempt of court. He was released from jail Wednesday, but he's not off the hook. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker ordered Freed to attend the trial, which could last 3 weeks.

The Oceana County man was picked as an alternate juror. But Jonker says Freed refused to take an oath and be sworn-in with other jurors Tuesday.

Freed couldn't be reached for comment. The judge has barred him from talking to reporters during the trial, which involves a series of Lansing-area armed robberies and a homicide.


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