Downtown developments for Oct. 4
Jury duty. It is one of those things I think I would enjoy doing - serving on a jury. So far, no one has chosen me to sit on any cases before Municipal Court or city court; therefore when I received the notice that I had been selected to possibly serve on a federal jury, I was excited. My excitement quickly turned to concern the more I read of the packet they sent. It was nice to be able to fill out the questionnaire online, by the way; the questions were easy and answered honestly; however, after doing so, the more I thought about it, the more concerned I became. First of all, the court is in Anderson. Secondly, they advise that you come in a day early and get a room, average cost $123 per night, in order to be on time for 10 a.m. court. If you are chosen, expect to spend 3 to 5 days in Anderson at that cost, which is $615 plus gas plus food, not to mention 3 to 5 days off work making no money and no one to watch my place or feed my cats. I became torn as to what to do. I know I cannot afford that expenditure, and how they expect people to be able to is beyond me, so I sent in a request to be excused for those reasons. It may be too late, and I may have to go, but I have no clue as to how I am going to pay for it or take care of the other problems. I wonder if they consider these things when selecting people. I suppose I could always sleep in the car, but that seems rather extreme, and there would be no place to bathe or change or anything like that. You're probably thinking credit card; well, I don't own one, and if I did, how long would reimbursement take? I think back to my recent dealings with the IRS and how they would not listen to reasonable explanations and written proof so I have little hope of getting out of this. If I had the money, I would gladly serve; I'd drive back and forth every day, but I cannot afford to do that either. On the bright side, and there is one, there will be plenty to write about if I get back in time to write it, that is. I still can't figure out why court would begin selecting jurors in the middle of the week. Maybe the judge had other things to do; maybe I'll find that out.