SEB Lesson Of The Day: The phrase “Fuck jury duty, bitch!” is not a good way to get out of jury duty

Seems the stupid people news is really piling up today. This story comes right out of my home state of Michigan.

Lett failed to show up for three consecutive days of jury duty starting April 7, then left an obscenity-laced response on the court’s answering machine, using the F-word to indicate that he had no intention of serving on a jury.

Johnston said when Lett came to court Thursday, he was abrasive and unrepentant.

“Basically, he said he was too busy to be bothered with jury duty, and he just had a terrible attitude,” said Johnston, who said this was the first time he could remember locking up a potential juror for contempt in his 24 years on the bench. “This was the most egregious example of the complete reverse of a sense of civic responsibility.”

Lett originally responded by leaving an obscenity-laced message on VanTimmeren’s voice-mail. “We are willing to consider some reasonable requests for exclusion from jury duty, but we don’t consider, ‘(Expletive) jury duty, bitch,’ a statement we can work with,” VanTimmeren said.

“We always try to be very solicitous,” VanTimmeren added. “His responses were rather nasty.”

How much you want to bet this jerk has little American flags with phrases such as “God Bless America” and “United We Stand” all over his car because he thinks it makes him look patriotic? Real patriotism is doing your civic duty when called upon for things like jury duty. Even if you don’t want to do it, though, there’s better ways to get out of it than setting yourself up for a contempt of court charge. Some people just don’t seem to be able to learn their lesson even when they get their education the hard way:

Johnston said he hoped Lett would learn the importance of jury duty—a civic responsibility people have fought and died for.

“I hope next time he is called, he’ll show up 15 minutes early,” he said.

But Lett is not making the honor roll in this particular civics lesson. He said he would refuse to eat the “nasty” food in jail while he is there through Saturday.

He also said he had no intention of serving on a jury.

“Next time, I’m going to tell them I’m a racist mother

11 thoughts on “SEB Lesson Of The Day: The phrase “Fuck jury duty, bitch!” is not a good way to get out of jury duty

  1. Having never been asked to be a juror maybe I am missing out on what the big deal is, but if I am called I intend on serving. I do not consider myself “too dumb to get out of jury duty”, I just feel it is like voting…either you participate actively in our democracy or you are a parasite that does not deserve to have an opinion because you contribute nothing to its improvement. 

    Just my opinion.

  2. I’ve been asked twice already and I had to explain that I am disqualified. My sister, however, as dual citizen had all the luck and was a juror in a rather sordid murder trial.

  3. Yes, patriotic is doing your jury duty.  I hate the idea of patriotic, but if you don’t serve and let the unemployed, homeless, or otherwise disenfranchised serve – Hey, hope they are on the jury in YOUR trial.

  4. I am a Patriot myself who votes every chance and I have ran for Local offices before.

    I never have been called to Jury Duty though and I have pondered too about it considering I do have Learning Disabilities and I would probably do a better job at serving in congress than serving on a Jury.

    However if I were to receive a Jury Duty notice I would not pull any illegal strings to get out of Jury Duty, unless there was a really good Medical and/or Metal reason I could not serve on a Jury I would try to answer the call for Jury Duty.

    And I would answer questions truthfully in Jury selection even if I was certain a Truthful answer could get me off (such a thing can happen and has happened).

    One Teacher I use to have was involved in 2 cases 1 was Arson and because the Defendant was Black a question of are you Prejudice was asked and 1 guy said yes so he got off.

    It stinks the guy was prejudice but at least he admitted it and the suspect was found guilty too.

    2nd case was a Shooting and the Defendant’s lawyer asked if anyone owns a gun and everyone except the Teacher and 2 others raised their Hands, then there was a question if if you ever touched a Gun again same hands up.

    The Teacher thought she was gonna be eliminated from Jury Duty in the case but she was not.

    If I ever get called to Jury Duty I will answer questionaires truthfully and I so hope I don’t get told what the case is 1st cause I would like my eligibility to serve on a Jury for the case to be reviewed and if a determination occured that I should not be on the Jury then i’d be like well ok at least I did my part.

  5. Maybe Lett was going through a bad day… we shouldn’t blame him…every problem has a reason

  6. Maybe Lett is a further symptom of attitudes in our country shifting away from the classic expectations towards civic duty. We’ve got polititians and wealthy citizens flaunting such civic responsibilities like paying what is legally owed (taxes) to the government—ya’ll know, the the money that is wrenched from our pitiful paychecks every payperiod. Maybe I should follow suit and mail a nasty letter to the IRS saying I’ve paid enough. Maybe if I see a crime I’ll just say,” Oh well, live and let live” and not call the police. Afterall, what should we expect from a citizendry that recognizes Ronald McDonald more readily than George Washington.

  7. I had jury duty a couple of years ago. I thought it was fun – you got a couple of weeks away from work while still getting paid and got to watch trials. Ok, parts of it were boring, but less so than if I’d been in work. I understand that self-employed people might not think the same way, but those with a legitimate excuse will generally be excused.

    My point is that, having experienced jury duty, and met some of the quite frankly thick as pigshit people that I was serving with, I would always try to be available if I was called again, and so should everyone else if possible. They need people with at least some form of intelligence and common sense – one jury I was on was about to convict someone simply because he was from Iraq! (And this was prior to the war, mind.) Having said that, the subject of this entry appeared to have neither, so it was probably a good thing he didn’t serve.

  8. I’ve never received a jury duty summons, but if I ever do I’d be happy to go. In part because I’m serious about doing my civic duty and in part because I think it would be an interesting learning experience.

  9. you want to serve on $5 a day? To hell with the US government. They want people to want to serve. Pay them decent money..say $500 a day

  10. I was born without an emotional pull towards patriotism. I refused to say the pledge of allegiance in elementary school because doing so naturally felt offensive to me. All people do what they do, and believe what they believe because they are pulled by irrational impulses. I am not wrong for finding the idea of serving on a jury offensive, and you are not wrong for finding it a duty. But I don’t know how anyone can honestly judge another human being for being born with emotions different than his or her own? For myself, abiding by the phrases and ideologies of others that are naturally offensive to me would be psychological slavery.

    On a rational level I see no relevance to blind patriotism. I was born and nurtured into dependency on a specific human government and therefore I must agree with all of its policies? I am supposed to serve some imaginary duty to a system that I feel no honest pull towards, and see as deeply flawed? Humans are social but selfish animals who formulate governments because individuals gravitate toward the goal of living in relative comfort. There is nothing noble about this species or its laws, but the force of desire will insure that people force others to follow them, lest the unfortunate dissenters be labeled, mocked, imprisoned or killed.


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