Your peers need you, and you your peers

Chattanooga journalist Gary Poole wrote a Facebook post that expresses many similar thoughts to my own on the subject of jury duty. I am quoting it here with his permission.

Here’s something I don’t understand. I have been called for jury duty (I go in today), yet nearly everyone I have told about it has given my “advice” on how to get out if it or “sympathized” with my “misfortune.”

First of all, I don’t want to get out of jury duty. Not only do I feel it’s my duty as a citizen, but I think it’s something everyone should *want* to do. For all that people complain about jury rulings in cases, one would think when given the opportunity to take part in the process themselves, they’d jump at it.

Secondly, there is no misfortune here. The jury system is at the living, breathing heart of our justice system. If you yourself are ever charged with a crime, wouldn’t *you* want the best possible jury deciding you’re fate? Then why on earth do so many people act as if jury duty is something to be avoided at all costs?

I am by nature a generally positive person. I keep my Facebook musings light and tending towards the humorous. I like to laugh and enjoy everything that life offers. But the reaction I’ve gotten from people over this has, quite frankly, annoyed me. Being called to serve on a jury is something everyone should be *proud* of, not upset about.

To put it simply, citizenship is more than just an address.

I hope we can all rise to the occasion when it is our turn.

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