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Slaves on the jury?

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(WXIA)  A new online juror questionnaire offered by Georgia's DeKalb County Court listed "slave" as an occupational option.

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA the questionnaire went online a month ago, but is based off an internal list that's been used for 13 years.

She says the list is 62 pages long, so she's not sure if the word slave has always been on it, or if it was added before the questionnaire went online.  

The court learned about the problem Monday morning after a potential juror filling out the form hit the letter "s" for sales.  

He says he got "slave" instead.

"That is not an occupation, slave is not an occupation," said DeKalb resident, Cheryl Glass.

The company that designed the software says the drop down menus in the survey are inputted by the user.

"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.

McCumber says the word was removed within an hour of learning about it.  But figuring out how it got there, and when will take much longer.

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