Phone in Jury Duty


Whose idea was this one? Do they have this everywhere or is this county specific?

I am not sure if this is a great idea or a really lousy one. I will let you know at the end of the FIVE FRIGGIN’ DAYS that the county of Nassau has decided they are entitled to hold my schedule hostage.

Really guys, no problem for me to call you every damn night (after 5:00) to find out if my next day is my own. Of course I have nothing better to do than keep rescheduling anything that needs to be addressed the following day. Or better yet, write the whole week off to that frivolous style of spontaneity that has always been so successful in running both a business and a family/home.

I suppose this is better than the show up and sit in that big room kind of thing I had to do last time. But what happened to the sole proprietor of a business exemption I used to enjoy years ago. Give me a break, I can’t just stop working because you guys need jurors. Perhaps I could show up with my underwear on the outside of my clothing and act like nothing is wrong. That might discourage anyone from wanting me on a jury.

Then again, that might be just the thing to get me picked.

Or perhaps when I tell them I come from a family of lawyers they might not find me all that desirable.

Oh, and BTW, not that I encourage racial or religious profiling, but my married last name is Levinson. And this would be the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The days of awe (and brisket) are not always the best time for a Jew to take off yet another day from work.

My husband received the dreaded Juror Questionnaire this week. He asked me if I thought it was a bad idea to just answer all the questions with ‘F-off’. Um, yeh, probably would certainly get him a seat on jury, don’t you think?

So, if you are looking for me this week and I don’t get right back to you it is because perhaps my number was up.

You guys know me by now. Do you really think it would be in the best interest of any attorney to pick this big-mouthed, opinionated, menopausal bee-otch to help determine the fate of another person? (that question was rhetorical).

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5 responses to “Phone in Jury Duty

  1. Errr. I hope you don’t get it. I had Federal Jury Duty last year – it took a whole week from work but I have to say it was a fascinating trial and deliberation. And hey, they paid me $25 a day. Woo hoo.

  2. Liz

    “Do you really think it would be in the best interest of any attorney to pick this big-mouthed, opinionated, menopausal bee-otch to help determine the fate of another person? (that question was rhetorical).”

    Enuf said.

  3. Ivy Mindlin

    you forgot “old hag”

  4. ame i.

    I’ve never received a Telephone Standby note, but received the standard summons last year.
    I waited in line forever to plead my case to get out of duty. My favorite was a woman in front of me who pointed out the cast on her foot. The judge said that since she made it in that day, she should be okay to serve.
    Although friends and family said mine wasn’t a good enough excuse, the judge considered it to be. I take my daughters to school & pick them up, they are too young to stay home alone, there is no bus service to my older daughter’s school & my husband works 90 miles away from our home.

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