“This court summons you to be on call for jury duty during the month of October” … US District Court (Federal Judiciary).
Lucky me, I believe I have hit the trifecta, having already served on County Grand Jury and Criminal Jury duty.
What has always been incredulous to me was that juggling home caregiving and/or single parenting was NOT a valid exemption.
Attempting to share my opinion with a judge was not well received. The alternative of a night in jail for contempt of his court was not worth continuing to enlighten his honor.
If I was a ‘certified professional caregiver’ that is excusable, but not a home caregiver. … One scenario is about ‘money’ and the other about ‘caring’. ... Go figure.
Grand Jury duty was a day or two a week for almost a summer. Trying to explain 'why' while dropping our then pre-school daughter off with a daycare provider each day, I would joke that Daddy was going to help the Queen of Hearts yell, “Off with their heads”.
Criminal Jury duty is luck of the draw. Fortunately (for me) it was a popular ‘plea bargain’ day and maximum turn over for lawyers’ pockets. I was dismissed by early afternoon.
Now in October it’s off to Federal court … Happy, happy, joy, joy! But by God and the Founding Fathers, YOU are entitled to a jury of your peers. … and …
(imagine a deep Barry White voice) “Baby, I am your peer.”
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leerhttp://www.youtube.com/daddyleer