Yuma, Arizona Civic duty. The price one pays for all of the freedoms one enjoys in this great country of ours. Citizens stepping up and doing their part is the very foundation of our nation. When we are called, we serve. Simple, right?
Well, the call for jury duty can be a right pain in the ass. Not as much as, say, getting drafted. But it can still put ones life and career on hold. And there are those who do not feel an obligation to society, or recognize the principals on which our nation was built. They are in this life for themselves only, and will quickly tell you so when asked (and when not asked sometimes). Timothy Micheal Jones is in the process of learning that civic duty is not a trifle, and that he should be cognizant of the form his expression takes when responding to the court system.
Mr. Jones was sent a jury summons last month, which included one of those cute little questionnaires to aid in the selection process. Now, your thinking person could come up with a thousand ways to sandbag such a questionnaire, if that person were strongly disinterested in serving the courts.
Timothy is not so bright. He allegedly replied with a single vulgar message, written in black marker.
As an exercise in irreverent humor, I heartily applaud! That shit is just funny. However, as an official communication with a Justice Branch institution, it is simply moronic.
Evidently, neither the clerks nor the judge saw any humor in Tim’s little stunt. He was ordered to appear in court, on an order to show cause. Oh dear! How do you explain that to a judge. The ones I have had the pleasure to talk to over the years show a strong lack of frivolity, and little to no appreciation of the “fuck it” philosophy. Mr. Jones must have realized this conundrum as well, and committed a second act of stupidity. He blew off court.
Now let me tell you sports fans, and I know this from personal experience; summons to appear to court are not suggestions, nor are they flexible about the time and venue. If you don’t show, a nice young officer will come to your place of residence, business, watering hole, etc, and provide transportation to a secure environment, where they will assist you in making your next invitation.
Timothy Jones has been charged with indirect contempt of court, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail, and not more than $300. Anyone want to wager that Mr. Jones gets every last day of that six months?