Balancing that Jury Summons with a lack of Civic Mindedness

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The jury summons you see is loaded with information regarding one’s civic duty and conditions on when exclusion from jury duty is possible or allowed. When I lived in Monahans, Texas, I knew a guy who buried two summons to jury service in the dunes of the sand hills and used one to start a fire during a cold winter when his electricity had been turned off for nonpayment.

According to this snail mailed summons, he could have been held in contempt of court facing possible criminal charges for failure to appear which could have resulted in jail time. He figured that since the summons was not sent certified mail, then they could not prove that he had ever received the notice to appear.

My wife’s boss is 76 years old and filled out an affidavit of age with District Court Clerk because she preferred to stay home and watch Jerry Springer and have phone sex with an older gentleman at nursing home she used to work at. After she did that, she no longer received jury summons.

Another option to avoid jury duty is to just write the clerk requesting to be excused or have it postponed. The judge will then rank requests based on validity and sincerity and and have clerk notify those who are trying to shirk their civic duty of serving on a jury of their peers to get their ass in gear.

Erin Fuchs(wonder if her last name is pronounced like that all too common expletive) wrote a top 9 list for getting out of jury duty including feigning mental illness, act like you know a lot about case law mentioning that you scored 90th percentile on the LSAT test, female bailiffs with tight pants and hand cuffs sexually arouse you(this is my idea, not Erin Fuchs’), etc.  BTW, that last one would immediately remove you from any voir dire.

Jury summons south Eastern New Mexicio
Jury summons south Eastern New Mexicio
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