I got called for Grand Jury duty years ago, but couldn't do it as I was in college. IIRC, it was a pretty big time comittment and I couldn't predict my schedule beyond the end of the current semester.
Any time I've actually had to GO to the courthouse, I got excused before ever making it into a courtroom. Most of the time, I called in and my juror group is excused the night before. Sadly, I have to turn in my "Hey, I'm a business owner, so I can't serve" paperwork in person. Kind of a pain, but better than losing a ton of time serving on a jury.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
Re: jury duty --
I'd love to be on a jury if I could afford it. The lousy $10 - $15 per day doesn't cut it. (No compensation from part-time employer for time off for jury duty.)
That, and canceling tutoring sessions for the duration of a trial would mean death for my freelance business (a significant part of my income).
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"There's no crying in baseball!"
-- Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own
I just had to share what I have just read. My mouth is still hanging open.
Pregnant Woman Died After Wrong Organ Removed - Maria De Jesus had appendicitis, but her right ovary was taken out
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
Very scary........A doctor that was too embarrassed to admit that he did not know what the appendix looked like and would just cut anything out. And there are probably a lot others around like that.
You can do it!
Back to jury duty...around here, being self-employed doesn't get you out of jury duty, you're still expected to serve. A friend who's an architect (solo practice) was in the middle of a job, and he still had to serve (he tried hard to get out of it).
The one time I made it to the voir dire stage, a woman in my group worked at an hourly job with no benefits. She was barely making enough to get by. She told the judge that she wouldn't get paid for days spent on the jury (the trial was supposed to last a week) and wouldn't have enough money to pay her rent. The judge gave her a lecture about having to make sacrifices and the duties of being a citizen. I then got kicked out. I don't know if she ended up on the jury or not, but I can't imagine how a person in that situation could focus on the case when they would be resentful about being there and worried about paying their rent.
The husband of a friend was once a juror on a 3-week trial. He was an engineer who worked for a company. He went to court during the day, then went to his office from court to put in his 8 hours there.
Retirees, government workers, and the unemployed are understandably overrepresented on juries. I supposed that's one good thing about a high unemployment rate - more potential jurors!
A few years back, my sister got grand jury duty in NYC. It was in the summer, so her teaching load was light and she could choose the afternoon shift as opposed to the morning. It was daily for a month. With her teaching schedule, it was a PITA, but it didn't really interrupt her job. I just can't imagine how a regular 9 to 5 worker, let alone an hourly employee could swing that without serious interruption to their lives. NYC grand jury duty paid better than most, but not even minimum wage, plus no one was paid until months after their time was done. I don't know how any of this serves anyone in a jury trial...I don't want people who are pissed off to be there deciding my fate. OTOH, that could account for all the weird outcomes I see on shows like Dateline & 48 Hours.
When I was younger I got the summons, but they never called my group. A few years ago I got called for the first time in MN after about 13 years living here. They actually called my group and I had to go down to the courthouse for 2 consecutive days and sit in a room ALL DAY LONG waiting. It was SO boring. When they excused us at the end of the second day the prosecutor came in and explained that it was a case where the threat of having people ready to come in to sit on a jury was enough to make the guy settle.
NorwIndian - I'm glad to hear that your daughter is seeing a therapist and is working with one she likes. I would definitely think that she may feel free to open up more about her true feelings to someone who is removed from the situation.