Free at Last

So, God has been yet more merciful to me and I have escaped the pain of being a juror. I sat in the courtroom awaiting my time of questioning wondering what I should say to get out of it, knowing I was under penalty of perjury if I said anything false. I thought of making myself out to be an extreme right winger. I thought of saying I hated the current state of our legal system. I thought of everything. Then, the judge asked if there were any who could not serve on a jury presiding over a case that would last through July 7. Naturally I raised my hand.

When I was allowed to give a reason why, I simply said, "I am completely self-employed, and if I don't show up to work, I have zero income." That's all. Afterward, I contemplated the reason why I wasn't a little more long winded, but in the end, I think the bare minimum did the job. He let me off. Then I had to wait in a jury assembly room to see if my name came up for another panel. Well, it didn't, and I was dismissed at 2:30, praise the Lord!!

It was actually quite fascinating, and if I were independently wealthy, I would totally dig sitting on a jury. But alas, independence and wealth are words not yet associated with me, so I'll have to hang my hat with the rest of the citizens doing all they can to slip through the cracks of civic duty.

Posted by Portia at June 24, 2004 04:43 PM

Wow, I'm sorry civic duty is such a strain :-p What's really ironic is that I of all people have never received a summons. Maybe I should just call and volunteer.

Posted by: Todd at June 25, 2004 10:06 AM

I'll tell you what!! Civic duty is a strain if you're broke and have to take time off of work to just be dismissed!! That's why civic duty can be a drag. It's not if you're rich though, or if you're a future presidential candidate, I don't want to name any name's, Todd Afshar.


Posted by: Jon at June 25, 2004 11:47 AM

If you don't like it, move to Russia!

Posted by: Todd at June 25, 2004 04:31 PM

hmmm...maybe I will, and maybe I will!!

Posted by: Jon at June 25, 2004 04:54 PM