So, for the first time in my life, I received a summons for Jury Duty not that long ago. I'm twenty-nine years old, and finally someone in the county government noticed I was here. I had received a notice years ago about the possibility of Jury Duty, but as I was a student at the time, they chose not to actually call me in for it back then. This time I had no such excuse, and patiently awaited the call to basic civic duty.
A call which apparently isn't going to come.
See, I live in Eau Claire, WI. This is not exactly a bustling metro area with a massively high crime rate or anything. And while trials were originally scheduled for the two weeks I was called for, every single one of them has been cancelled. I assume they were settled out of court, but beyond knowing that there HAD been a trial and now there ISN'T a trial, I have absolutely no information about them.
I thought about what this would have been like if I still lived in Milwaukee. While I can see many of the trials there being settled, the sheer number of possible criminal cases there makes me think its highly unlikely that I would have so easily gotten out of serving on a jury if I still lived there. I assume I would have gone in, sat there all day, and in all likelyhood end up not serving on a jury anyways.
But I still would have been there.
In Eau Claire though, I find myself not needing to do a damned thing. I won't miss any work, I don't get that extra couple of dollars for serving on a jury, and I don't get to sit through a twenty minute case about some drunk college student punching a guy or something.
(For Some reason, my brain assumes that all court cases in Eau Claire must somehow involve a story about how some drunk college guy punched someone - this is likely untrue, but it makes me laugh anyways.)
Ah well, Jury Duty Averted, life goes on, and all that jazz.
"(For Some reason, my brain assumes that all court cases in Eau Claire must somehow involve a story about how some drunk college guy punched someone - this is likely untrue, but it makes me laugh anyways.) "
Remove the word "college" from that statment, and it almost is true.