Ain’t government grand?

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AN OBSERVATION REGARDING THE JURY SUMMONS I RECEIVED THE OTHER DAY: If I were under indictment for misdemeanor theft, I would be disqualified for jury duty. If I were a stay-at-home mom who would have to leave a child under the age of 15 home unattended in order to complete jury service, I would be exempted. But there is no exemption or disqualification for a serious medical condition. So, even though I am tethered to a chemo pump 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and I have to get daily radiation treatments at the hospital (and am suffering the expected side effects from each), I must appear downtown at the Jury Assembly Room on the appointed date and time:

If you think you have a situation that may exempt you but is not on the form, you must appear on the date you’ve been summoned. Once assigned to court, you will have the opportunity to discuss your situation and be considered for exemption at that time.

Isn’t that wild? I have no problem fulfilling my civic duty; I just need to postpone it for about a year.

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