We Nutmeggers are a proud lot (I guess), but it seems that one thing we don’t particularly care for is jury duty. To the tune of 77,800 people over the last three years. That’s mind-boggling. 77,800!
Court administrators say it is not known whether jury duty absences are deliberate, the result of somebody simply forgetting or cases where jury duty notices never make it to the person because they are not forwarded to a new address.
The penalty for a no-show is a fine of $121. If CT had collected from all no-shows, the State would have received $9.4 million. Instead, it has received exactly zero. That’s because it’s not really a priority.
Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane agrees that the office has not enforced the law against delinquent jurors.
“There have been other crimes that have taken precedence, such as the three strikes laws and mandatory sentences, Jessica’s Law and issues involving crime against children,” Kane said. “But delinquent jurors are certainly an issue worth pursuing.”
Kane says there was discussion among state’s attorneys several years ago about enforcing the law, but two obstacles remain.
Then there’s this asinine proposal:
Criminal defense attorney Gerald Klein said those who don’t show up for jury duty should have their driver’s licenses suspended.
Yeah, we really want jurors under the threat of license suspension. What’s the connection? What does this even mean? I just….nevermind.