John got a jury duty summons in the mail today.
I figured I'd just fill out the form stating that he was disqualified; this can't be the first time this has happened. The form I needed to send in was a Scantron-type thing. You are to fill in one bubble of the ten provided to indicate why the prospective juror can't serve. I looked in the accompanying booklet for the descriptions of the reasons, figuring for sure that one of them would be "Deceased."
Which of these ten do you think I chose?
1. Not a U.S. citizen.
2. Age 70 or older & choose not to serve.
3. Under age 18.
4. Cannot speak and understand English.
5. Moved permanently outside country.
6. Living full-time outside the country without returning at anytime for more than 1 year.
7. Convicted of a felony within the last 7 years, or currently charged with a felony, or currently in custody.
8. Previous juror service within the past 3 years.
9. Physically or mentally incapable of performing jury duty.
10. Primary caregiver for a permanently disabled person who is a member of the same household.
I was oh-so-tempted to choose 5 or 6, but ultimately I went with 9, and in the explanation section I put, "Juror is deceased. Date of death: 11 April 07."
I'd better not get any flak for this from the jury service folks.