Monday, March 14, 2016

Jury duty for the 21st century

Back in January, approximately 350 citizens of Jackson County Mississippi received a summons instructing them to call in on Sunday evening to learn whether they were required to report for jury duty the following Monday.
Now most of us dread the jury summons and look for ways to get out of it. This is a scary fact of life for those of us lawyers whose clients' livelihoods, liberty, and sometimes lives, are dependent on decisions made by twelve people who tried and failed to get out of reporting for jury duty.

But in Jackson County, prospective jurors were “treated” to something different. Apparently the telephone number jurors call to determine whether they need to report to the courthouse is ONE DIGIT away from the telephone number folks call to speak with a sex hotline.  And apparently there was a typographical error in the jury summons which included, you guessed it, the number for the sex hotline.

It wasn't mentioned whether those jurors who made that call were, or were not, disappointed that they were unable to learn their reporting status.

I think the courthouse needs a new phone number..............



6 comments:

  1. So many "You're about to be ****ed" jokes.

    So little legal latitude to make them and get away with it...

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    1. Yep lol, that's one way to look at it! But you're right. Very little latitude to get away with jokes in court.

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  2. Yet another reason why it's so hard to write fiction! Some knucklehead does this in real life while no editor worth her salt would allow it in fiction because readers wouldn't believe anyone would be such an imbecile.

    Unless, of course, someone did this intentionally. Oh, now I see where this is leading. Hey, another good opportunity for fiction. Okay, I'm a little slow, but this could really work out nicely...

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    1. LOL you're funny! But as they say, truth can be stranger than fiction =)

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  3. HA! As you might remember (since I mentioned it on Janet's blog, and maybe here), I responded to the Jury Duty call for the first time last year, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Except I have to wait 2 years. Just wanted you to know that there are some of us out there. :)

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    1. Sometimes the ones who enjoy it, are the scariest of all =)

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