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civic duty

I got summoned for jury duty... 180 miles away. yes! this silly letter was sent to my wichita address, I have a wichita driver's license and voter registration, yet they expect me to show up in Kansas City. I called my friend who works in a courthouse and she was like, "You can call and ask if it was a mistake, but if it's a federal trial, it might not be. You might just have to go."

I'm kinda bummed, because honestly I wouldn't mind being on a jury, I think it sounds exciting. But I'm taking classes for my master's and would have to drop them, given the length and location of this trial. So I don't think it's gonna work out. But I'll try. What I don't understand is why they can't find enough Kansas Citians to be on their jury... there's like a million people up there, and they're calling little me up?

weird.

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gandalfgreyhame
Aug. 29th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
I would think that school is something that you would be excused from jury duty for.
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gegenschein
Aug. 29th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
As everyone else said, you shouldn't have to go because you're in school. Just call them up and tell them that you're taking classes for your masters and would have to drop them in order to attend. That's what I did every time I was summoned while in school.
ayte
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
It could be that the case is really well known in Kansas City, and to call most people from there would compromise the defendent's case.
tiwonge
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking.

Start reading the KC news so that you're no longer an unbiased witness. :)
spacefem
Aug. 29th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
don't they usually just move the trial in that case, not the jury?
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2004 11:47 pm (UTC)
right, they relocate the venue.

it's gotta be a mistake. call, or just act crazy.

i'd kinda like to be on a jury too. civic duty and all.

mlah (http://mlah.redpin.com)
sporkopolis
Aug. 29th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
this is why
you should update your voter registration when you move...

in fact, how are you able to vote if you're not registered where you currently live? We can't get away with that in Ohio. Not on the voter list, can't vote. And jury duty is always tied to voter registration. Not having updated it is usually not a good excuse in their eyes.

I was just on call for jury duty the past month and a half.. never had to go in, though. One of the days was when Matt had ear surgery - they were n't happy with me saying "I can't do it".

p.s. - depending on the type of jury or case, school is no longer an accepted excuse for getting out of jury duty.
belgand
Aug. 29th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
A shame. I know that one of the most exciting things about being a legitimate adult is that I can finally be eligible for jury duty. I've always wanted to be on a jury, regardless of the case. Mainly just due to my control freak nature and desire to do this sort of thing myself, but also because I don't trust other people to do things that way I want them done. Again it's the same sort of problem for me. Though not in school right now I'm still registered in Overland Park as my permanent address and wouldn't really want to drive all the way back.
fyre
Aug. 29th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
You're a student. You can exempt, I believe.
You're also the sole provider for your household and serving on a jury would compromise your incoming pay and possibally your ability to survive, that's also a reason for exemption.
spacefem
Aug. 30th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
*looks around* i'm not sure I'd consider this a "household" but if they do, than party on!
koremelanaigis
Aug. 30th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
Don't you get paid for jury service? We do in New Zealand. I always wanted to do jury duty and was finaly called up but I would have been (and was) in Germany at the time of the trial and so couldn't serve :-(
spacefem
Aug. 30th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
we get paid like $16 a day for state jury service, $40 a day for federal. so no, not really!
faiiacy
Sep. 2nd, 2004 04:47 am (UTC)
You're going to get rich on that! Don't spend it all in one place.

Off Topic:
You may have seen my name on the WiredHub forums as "osprey"
Do you know if there's a server off-line? Since I got to work there are a lot of sites I can't access including, mine, yours, a friend's, and wiredhub itself.

I'm just wondering if it's down or if I have a routing problem.
Thankee kindly!
faiiacy
Sep. 2nd, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
Ignore that, working now. Was having a dork moment.....
fyre
Aug. 30th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
You can also file as "Head of Household" on your tax returns. =) Though that wouldn't make much of a difference until you're a home owner.

-e
feanelwa
Aug. 30th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Say something showing you're liberal and fair-minded. It works over here to get out of being on a jury. Most prosecuting lawyers want the end of the social spectrum that says things like "The world owes me a living" and "My tax dollars aren't going to support some girl who got herself pregnant for an easy ride on the state". They tend to deliver more guilty verdicts.
feanelwa
Aug. 30th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
And to post irrelevant things on your journal: My little brother is in Kansas City! Whoa! The world is small!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
Everyone can make a mistake
Thought I'd add my 2-cents in - it's a mistake. That's from a fairly reliable source (besides me!) - You do have to deal with it - contact them per instructions on the summons.
Spacefem's Mom
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