Waiting For Jury Duty

I really should have brought a book.  I had intended to, but ran late and forgot.  So now I am stuck writing instead of reading.  Interesting that Facebook is blocked, but this site is not.  I guess that means WordPress is not “social”.  Jury duty has always been a conundrum for me.  Since I was a child, I have loved courtroom dramas, both on the page and on the screen.  I’d love to be on every jury I could get the chance to, but I have to pay rent.  The court will pay me something like $12 a day for my service, which is barely enough to pay for parking.  I am self employed, so I can’t rely on an employer to pick up the slack.  This calls in to question for me the quality of our jury system.  How can one get a jury that is truly a cross section of one’s peers when only the unemployed, wealthy, and retired are able to participate, and the wealthy are not likely to do so?  How likely is it that an educated person capable of critical thinking will be on a jury?  I really don’t know.  Naturally the lawyers don’t care, they will rig the jury as best they can to get the outcome they want.  Looking around, I see a fairly good representation of Tucson’s population, so we appear to be starting out well.  I wonder, however, how many, like me, will plead hardship to avoid service.

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