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The Weirdest Government-form Instruction Ever

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I admit I wasn’t swelling with civic pride when I received a summons for jury duty. I’d served on a jury less than three years ago, and don’t have time now for the interruption, especially for the princely wage of $10 per day. Given that the President wants to raise the minimum to $15 per hour, he might first start by a campaign to pay jurors at least that per day.

But OK, it’s a privilege to serve on a jury; we should indeed be thrilled when randomly selected (again) to support our fair and uncorrupted courts system, as well as appreciate the reminder that we live in a just and law-governed land. I even enjoyed serving, last time.

Unfortunately, this time the date I was called to appear is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. At least it’s not an obscure holiday, like the last day of Passover, Shavuot or Shemini Atseret, all biblically-mandated festivals when normal activity is forbidden. So I set about returning my summons with a request for deferral.

The summons is a single sheet, and to return it, you fold and mail. Except that in bold-faced type, under the return address, were the following stern instructions:….

Read the rest on Diane Medved’s blog:

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  1. jguy  •  Jul 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    It appears to me that the govt agency that produced your envelope was trying
    to explain that which is obvious and not technical…..sometimes we just have to
    do the obvious. The instructions were clear to me but I spent many years
    in the military where one learns to decipher government speaks. I believe
    we would be better off with professional jurors that are paid. courtrooms where
    all witnesses and defendants wear burkas so no one can ascertain their gender
    or race and some type of star chamber system that tries blatantly obvious video
    taped offenses where the defendants readily admit their guilt followed by a swift
    execution and limited appeals….this would end much of the nonsense we see

  2. mark  •  Jul 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    This instruction must have come from the Administration Desk in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Administrative Assistant for the Administrator of the Office of Administration. And to think this is only a State level instruction? Imagine what the Feds could do with this type of thing?

  3. Laura Johnson Los Angeles  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Jguy, did you read the entire blog? The lady at the court from where these “directions” derived laughed when she heard it! Clearly, these directions make NO SENSE. But no one has probably gone to the lengths that Diane Medved did to actually understand and follow them. That’s a big part of the problem. The government is full of incompetence and tedious bureaucracy, but the citizens don’t demand (or maybe at this point expect) any better. Some will take the time to say something. Some will cry. Some will laugh. 🙂

    • jguy  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      As I indicated…..after having been in the military for many years I would have
      just looked at it ….considered it “government speaks” and moved on to
      do the obvious. The letter is obviously bureaucratic nonsense.

  4. John  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Leading and trailing edge are something I usually associate with the front & back edge (respectively) of an airplane’s wing. It’s also the first thing I found when using Google. I would assume the leading edge of a document would be the top edge and the trailing edge the bottom, assuming a document is normally read from top to bottom.

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