“You are hereby summoned for jury service in the United States District Court.”
I can’t understand why so many people try to get out of serving jury duty. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to my jury duty ever since I received the summons in November. As an avid viewer of TruTV (formerly Court TV) and a former public safety reporter for the Columbia Missourian, I’m really interested in criminal cases. I’d love to see the inner workings of a courtroom firsthand, not to mention the opportunity to take part in deciding someone’s fate and making sure they’re treated fairly. (As a side note, I was also really excited about getting paid $40 a day plus gas compensation- it’s a good gig for someone who’s unemployed.)
My two-week term on call started last Monday, but I was notified the Saturday before that I wouldn’t be needed the first week. That’s all right, I thought, I’ll still have the second week. Today I got the call that my start date was cancelled. They don’t need me after all. Jurors get dismissed for all sorts of reasons, and I guess I’ll never know why. Maybe all’s quiet in Mayberry (though St. Louis isn’t much of a Mayberry…) Oh well. Maybe someday.