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I’ve been tapped for jury duty in Madison County, Tennessee.  Recently, I joined 70-80 other citizens in a courtroom.  We were oriented by a polite judge who explained that for the next two months the state of Tennessee would have first claim on our time.  Each night we are to call a number which will reveal whether our services will be needed the next day.  After the orientation, the judge met with many individuals, including me, who petitioned for particular days off during the two months because of plans already made.

When it was my turn to speak to the judge, he treated me with respect and granted my request.  I walked out of the courtroom, down the stairs, and got into my car.  By the time I sat down and grabbed the steering wheel, my hands were shaking.

I had a fairly smooth experience.  So why the apparently excessive…

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