McMillan was picking up a few things at the grocery store and trying to get to work when she was approached by a court administrator who told she had to drop everything and go to the courthouse to serve.
She was one of nearly 70 people walking around downtown Greeley who were summoned to emergency jury duty Wednesday morning after many people who were summoned by mail six weeks ago didn't show up.
First off, this had not been a problem until recently and I expect the fault is not with the people summoned to jury duty as this had not happened for 15 years until this past December. It is probably the fault of the government, they probably changed the envelope the summons comes in making it appear to be junk mail or something along those lines, and so most of the summonses were not actually being read.
Forced jury duty is a terrible idea. I would not want a bunch of people who only want to speed things along so they can go back to their regular lives, holding my life hostage. The solution is fairly simple, PAY PEOPLE FOR JURY DUTY. Then you would have a good turn out. Pay them a decent wage and they will be lining up to serve. The main reason so many people these days do not want to serve on a jury is it is a severe loss of wages. I know a tiny amount of money already goes to jurors, but it is not sufficient to offset their loss of regular wages. The best solution is to pay them for their time, and make jury duty voluntary, not threaten them with jail for not wanting to be a slave to the state more than they normally are.
Another factor is this war on victimless crime. I think the main reasons for people not wanting to participate in jury duty are two fold, the first is financial. The second one is far more complex and that is that people do not support the majority of laws and do not feel comfortable with the process of sending someone to jail for victimless crimes, and yet they know if they serve on a jury they will likely be asked to send someone to prison over a crime they do not agree with.
If you are ever asked to serve on a jury you should become fully informed of your rights to jury nullification before going in, see this site for more information: