So far outside the box you can't even see the box from here.
Friday, July 12, 2013
More thoughts on jury duty
Ever wonder why people are paid so little for jury duty? Because if you don't show up a police officer will haul you in front of a judge, that's why.
I'm old enough to remember the military draft. Wages in the armed services were pretty low back then, because they could be. Drafted soldiers had no choice. Once they went to an all volunteer force, the military had to increase wages and benefits.
When the state can coerce with force, they don't feel the need to properly compensate people.
If they really thought our jury system was valuable, they'd pay accordingly. Imagine people had the right to refuse. Then they'd have to make the job financially attractive.
Yes, bla bla bla, civic duty, bla bla bla, honor and privilege, bla bla bla.
Maybe I'm just a tad sick and tired of being told something forced on me is a honor.
However, I'd pay money to be on a jury if we could judge Wall Street fat cats. That would be an honor and a great civic duty.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.