Wednesday, June 15, 2005

you can't handle the truth!

I have now officially done my civic duty. Unlike millions of Americans who every year beg, cheat, and lie their way out of it, I attended jury duty yesterday. Also unlike millions of Americans, I was actually excited about it.

That was, of course, before I found out what "jury duty" really is. It's not Law & Order or The Practice. It's not The Rainmaker or A Civil Action. And it most certainly is not Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise.

"Jury duty" is waiting in a stuffy, windowless room for three and a half hours, not moving, not speaking, until the judge comes in and tells you they're waiting for a witness to come in and therefore will not need you today. Thank you for time.

At least I was out by 11:30am. I had the whole rest of the day to think of ways in which I might beg, cheat, or lie my way out of it the next time around.

1 comment:

jenn marsala said...

Ignore the notices and hope that they'll go away. Despite the fact that I'm fairly sure this might be considered illegal, it's effectiveness can't be denied. If all else fails, appear at court with either a really big book (they don't like smart jurors with ideas of their own), or a prejudice against a certain group of dentists. So far, this has served me well...knock on wood.