Q&A: Have you ever tried to get out of jury duty?

By Heather Anderson | Feb 1, 2005

Rich Norton

Mary Grose

Rich Mersinger

Julie Gant

Andrew Wise

Joan Hashimi

Wayne Brendel

Q: Have you ever tried to get out of jury duty?

“No, I’ve never served. I was called up, but they never got to me; although, I was given a lot of advice on how to get out of it. I do, however, believe that it is part of our duty to society.”
Rich Norton, Glen Carbon

“I’ve been called on to serve, but I was going out of the country at the time so they let me go. My husband, on the other hand, was called and during the selection process they asked him and everybody else if they would disagree with the comment, 'The moon is made of cheese'. They let him go.”
Mary Grose, Edwardsville

“I’ve never been on jury duty, but it seems that all my friends, family, and co-workers here at the Madison County Administration Building have been called. I’d like to serve.”
Rich Mersinger, Bethalto

“I’ve never served, but I may have been called on once. I don’t remember the circumstances. But, there was a legitimate conflict, like school or work. I would serve if I were called again.”
Julie Gant, St. Louis

“I’ve never tried to get out of jury duty. As a citizen, I feel it’s my duty. I’ve served twice. One was a murder trial that happened over 20 years ago.”
Andrew Wise, Edwardsville

“Yes, I’ve served, and for some reason I was called on four times in a row. I was called one time and served, the next time, however, I was teaching and it was a very critical time in the academic year, so I declined.”
Joan Hashimi, Edwardsville

“I’m one of the new guys in the office here at the Madison County Administration Building. I’ve never served. It’s been years since I’ve been called on to serve, and at the time, I couldn’t make it, but I had a legitimate reason.”
Wayne Brendel, Troy

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