Friday, October 24, 2008

I am Exempt!

Boy, they didn't wait long to serve me. I promptly got back to them, the same day that I voted.

To Whom it may Concern,

I am juror XXXXXXXXX and I am writing to get an exemption from jury duty. Not only am I a stay at home mom of 11 kids, but we just adopted our 2 year old son with special needs at the end of July, 2008. I do not leave him with a babysitter yet because I want to avoid attachment issues and he is going to be having his first major surgery on November 5th to remove his right eye. I need to get an exemption from jury duty because of this. If not, hopefully you guys don't mind my two small children coming with me and sitting on my lap. Unless, I hear otherwise, I am assuming that I am excused.

Sincerely, Christine Reed
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Ms. Reed,

Your request to be excused from jury service has been approved. You will receive confirmation by mail.

Thank you,
United States District Court

21 comments:

  1. Hehe!
    I usually get excused as well - I usually write in my letter how biased I am - and that I have kids - and they would have to come with me!
    I've done my "civic" duty (way) more than once - I think others should get the chance at least once!

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  2. Great letter. I may have to remember this if I am ever "called upon"!

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  3. I think I am the only person who wants to be on jury duty and have made sure I am registered every time I moved since I was 18. Now in my mid 40's still not jury duty. dang.

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  4. My kids are all in school but I have avery uncooperative bladder and told them I hoped they didn't mind calling a break on the spur of a moment. Er, maybe one an hour or more...

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  5. HAHAHA--I like that. I've gotten out of alot of things by saying hey--either find me childcare(which they would have to pay for) or deal with two wild boys running around!

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  6. When Angela (12 with Down Syndrome) I got called 3 years in a row. Unfortunately she had A LOT of health issues and was medically fragile. In order to leave her I had to have nursing care, and she was frequently hospitalized for long periods of time. So, when I was called I wrote a letter stating those facts. After the last one I was listed as "permanently exempt". Except that I didn't WANT that. I would love to be on jury duty at some time, and now that she's much older I would be able to do it without too much hassle. So the last time I moved I called to see what I could do to get my name back on the list and was told I couldn't do it. Once a person is listed as permanently exempt they can't go back on the list, even voluntarily. :-(

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  7. I too was served this year. 2 week to the day that I renewed my driver's license and re-registered to vote. I GET SERVED !! This was one of the reasons I had not registered, because everytime I do, I get served. I am 37 and have been called for jury duty 6 times. I have been excused...I too am a SAHM, with 3 adopted children, 1 who is still at home.

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  8. You got a letter back saying you were excused? I never did. Oh, you're in a different County than us. I got nervous there for a minute.

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  9. I am still laughing about your kids sitting on your lap.

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  10. ROLF. Great Letter. I've been called to jury duty twice.. coincidently I was on bedrest and pregnant both times. I wonder if they think that I am always pregnant or that I'm just not very good at making up excuses :)

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  11. I've only been served while overseas.. they don't provide airfare! I wouldn't mind doing my civic duty. Think it would be interesting, but they haven't timed it right yet.

    My mom was summoned to serve jury duty for Ted Bundy in Florida way back... she knew too much about the news though, and they sent her away.

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  12. 6 weeks before I had my 15th child, I was called for jury duty. It was for a county case, and I had to report in person. I was fully prepared to explain how I couldn't possibly be on the jury....then I sat and watched as perspective jurors one by one gave their excuses...and were let go..by the time they got to me, I was the last one they would need...and I knew darn well that Emily would be home for the next 3 days, as long as they expected the trial to last....my feet were pretty swollen, and I was uncomfortable, but I sweated it out....and I enjoyed it, and got paid, too! But had I not known that I would have those days of help, I would not have been able to serve. In New York, it's supposedly not a valid excuse to not serve, having young children. But how can they expect you to leave them, especially nursing babies? I am glad they didn't give you a hard time, then again, it would have been funny if you had to show up with Jonny and Dennis.....just to prove your point...

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  13. That's funny. I had a similar letter that I used while my kids were little. It even included something funny about breastfeeding, I can't remember exactly what it said, but all of my girlfriends used a copy of my letter when they got summoned. Worked every time.

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  14. I hate to laugh, but I'm betting they never got a letter like that before!

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