Well, this week has me participating in that great American tradition of jury duty. I for one find the experience both fascinating and maddening. It’s fascinating because I find the legal system interesting. It’s also an integral part of our democracy, so it’s a type of service that I welcome. That being said, it’s also maddening. The $10/day plus mileage represents a significant pay cut , or I have to burn vacation time. This is one of my main criticisms of the way we do juries in this country. I think it would make more sense if businesses were required to pay employees for jury service and then be allowed to write off the amount on taxes. This would allow a greater cross section of our society to serve as jurors without having to worry about the financial hit.
Anyway, that’s my soap box on jury service. I am hoping to use the waiting that is endemic to our legal system to get some writing done, but I’ll have to go pretty silent if I gett on a jury.
Until I’m done. Mwahahahah!!!