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Jury Duty Averted
Posted Oct 9, 2009 - 9:11:05

There is no reason for this particular imageSo, 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.
- Traegorn

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"(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.
Yeah, but Eau Claire pays $25 a day for trial jurors, Milwaukee only pays $19, but they do give you a sticker that says "Juror" on it to take home. 

Also, I've been hoping for the jury duty notice since I came home so i can partake in the best part of democracy: coming up with a crazy way to get out of jury duty.




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