An automated phone call this afternoon dashed my hopes … yet again!
I had hoped to be called for jury duty next week when I reported to the Collin County administration building. Alas, it won’t happen. The call came to inform me that I was being dismissed, that my services are not required.
Maybe next time, yes? Perhaps? Do ya think?
This is a big deal for me. I have always wanted to serve on a trial jury. Not because I lust for the duty. It’s just that I always have wondered to myself what happens in a jury room when a group of men and women gather to ponder how a particular case — civil or criminal — should go. I guess it’s the reporter in me, the nosey, inquisitive side of my persona that drives this interest.
Then again, perhaps I can blame the career I pursued for nearly 37 years as one reason why I never have been called.
When we lived in Randall County, Texas, I would get a summons. I would call the day prior and the automated system would tell me not to bother.
I did serve on a grand jury in Randall County for a period of time. That was a fascinating call to duty. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in the jury room pondering whether to indict someone on a criminal complaint. When we were sworn in by the presiding judge, though, I recall vividly something the district attorney at the time told us. James Farren said we likely never would be summoned for trial jury duty in Randall County because of our grand jury service. Why? Defense attorneys would strike us because they could argue we are prejudiced in favor of the prosecuting side. Oh, well.
We moved from Randall County to Collin County. I want to wipe the slate clean.
However, the call won’t come this time. Again!
I’ll have to wait for another summons. I hope to serve on a trial jury before I check out of this world.