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Kentucky

Stacey Whittaker

In the Fall of 1999, Stacey was called to jury duty in Owensboro, Kentucky.  She requested to be excused because she has 3 young children and home schools her oldest child!  The judge refused to excuse Stacey, and she ended up serving on FIVE trials!

 

She had an extremely difficult time making childcare arrangements.  Since she didn’t know when she would be called, she had to acquire care for her children at the last minute.  Sometimes her friends helped out, but it was mostly her grandparents who kept the children.  These people were in their late 70’s — hardly able to keep up with 3 small children!

 

Stacey’s jury service also interrupted her home schooling efforts.  Not only did her child suffer because he got behind on his school work due to Stacey’s absence, he also missed a critical testing period.

Due to the patchwork childcare arrangements, her younger children were traumatized every time Stacey had to leave them for Jury Duty.  Her children didn’t know from day to day where they would be.  Even after her Jury Service was over, this ordeal had lasting effects — her children would get extremely upset and cry whenever Stacey had to leave!

 

Stacey told me that no matter what she said to the judge, it had made no difference.  She felt she was treated very shabbily, especially since the judge excused a man in front of her because he had a part-time job!  What was this judge thinking?
Shouldn’t the safety, welfare, and education of three young children take precedence over someone else’s part-time job? 

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