I received a letter today from Cheyenne WY, the capitol of our state, telling me that I WILL be on their list for jury duty come January of 2021 for half a year. I will be expected to drive to Cheyenne any time they want me to. Sure, that is an honor. Our state has so few registered voters in it that it would be helping out our court system.
In other conditions, that would be a fun thing to do. I would love it. However, doctors and their family members are not welcome on juries. So I would be driving to Cheyenne–over the mountain range in bad road conditions–to be turned away because one or the other attorney on the case would dismiss me. We know this because my husband’s twin brother was turned away for that specific reason–he was related to a doctor. Attorneys don’t like doctors or their family members on the jury.
The news came at a bad time, since winter struck here on Labor Day with a blizzard, reminding us of last winter when we were stuck here in this town for 2 1/2 months by snow that had been turned to ice over the interstate by wind. There’s no way for me to get to Cheyenne without driving on that highway. It is one of the most dangerous highways in the country. And I would be driving there and back–a five hour trip.
So I sent the court clerk a letter explaining my husband’s history of triaging at the hospital’s cafeteria after 140 vehicles piled up in horrific ice and snow and were hauled to the ER by BUS. I explained my fear of that highway.
I’m sure they think I’m a chicken. So many other people drive those highways in less than favorable conditions, so why not me? Because the people who drive that highway on bad conditions haven’t seen the things I have.
I’ve asked the court to reconsider. We shall see. If they force the issue and I cannot make it, I face a fine and jail time and community service.
Have you ever served on a jury? What’s it like?