It’s a safe assumption that most people:
- Do not like getting root canal procedures
- Hate doing their taxes
- Will do almost anything to avoid jury duty
I might be odd. I mean, I abhor the dental and the tax things, but I actually appreciate being on a jury. I feel like I’m helping make our government flow. For me, the obstacle is that, being self-employed, every minute I’m helping the justice system do its work; I’m not getting paid for mine.
Since, during the selection process, the judge announces this trial will only last one day, I raise no objection and am seated as “Juror Number Three.” Prior to finalizing the jury, an attorney approaches his Honor, engaging him in a “sidebar.” He then turns and addresses the dozen of us.
“I’ve been informed that this trial will last a little longer than expected; probably two or three days, taking us into early next week. Aside from financial hardship, does that present a problem for any of you chosen to serve?”
I raise my hand.
The judge looks at his papers, correlates “Juror Number Three” with my name and address me, “Is it Mister Marcus?”
“I see you’re self employed. This isn’t about financial hardship, is it?”
“It is not.”
“What seems to be the issue?”
“I’m leaving town early next week. The trial would interfere with that.”
Glancing at his forms, “You’re a speaker? Are you speaking to a group somewhere?”
“Oh, is this a business or personal trip?”
“Personal, your honor.”
After again surveying the document with my individual basics, he returns his gaze to me, “Is this something you have to do for your kids?”
“No sir, just my wife and I. We’re renting a cabin up the coast for a few days.”
“Hmmm… I see,” he says, “Is it your anniversary? What’s the occasion?”