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At the Dublin City Ses­sions yes­ter­day a ju­ror prayed to be ex­cused, and said he had a doc­tor’s cer­tifi­cate that he was­not fit to serve. He handed up a closed en­ve­lope to the Recorder, who found it con­tained a let­ter from a well-known Dublin med­i­cal man. Amid loud laugh­ter in court the recorder read the let­ter aloud, as fol­lows:

“This man has been ask­ing for a cer­tifi­cate that he is un­able to serve as a ju­ror. I don’t know whether he is a knave or fool, but he has very lit­tle brains, and reeks of porter.”

The ju­ror, af­ter stat­ing that he did not know the na­ture of the doc­tor’s cer­tifi­cate, was or­dered to leave the court at once, the Recorder threat­en­ing him with im­pris­on­ment for contempt. He ap­peared greatly ashamed.

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