I was recently summoned for jury duty in the Clay County Circuit Court. Sixty people were gathered into the courtroom. Then, by instructions, we were told that we could not just get up and walk out until we were properly dismissed by the court.
So now, the sitting judge comes out and tells us that we will be addressed by candidates running for public office of circuit court judge. Now, we must sit there and listen to four men and two women solicit our votes.
At the end of this forced solicitation, I, along with many others, was furious!
I could have been dismissed from serving, due to my age. But I felt compelled to do my duty and serve so I did not invoke my exemption. However, if I had known that a mandatory solicitation was going to be imposed on me, I would not have voluntarily served. And I was not alone – many other people were upset.
The courtroom is no place for politics!
My question is: who is responsible for this? I will ensure they do not get my vote in the future.
Hubert “Buddy” Nabors, West Point
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