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Two Thanksgivings November 30, 2016 The Monday following a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with my family and in-laws in Pensacola, I was called to jury duty at home. On the first day, our group of over a hundred people was divided into “panels” of 15 people each. I was in panel number eight. In the afternoon, two other panels were selected to stay behind while the rest of us were dismissed and asked to call a particular phone number that evening to see if we would be on duty the next day. We were. Our case concerned three young people who were accused of hunting and firing rifles from a vehicle at night. The judge led us through a lengthy sifting process and twelve people were selected to be on the jury. I wasn’t one of them. When I called their phone number that evening, I was told my panel would not be needed again, and checks would be mailed out on Wednesday. The pay was $10 per day minus $2 for parking. Eight bucks per day! I wasn’t happy about that. Later, though, as I thought about it, I decided this was another Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Why? Because we live in a society that believes in the law and justice. And we go to great lengths and expense to uphold both. For that, we should all be thankful. –Rachell Elaine Jackson
©  Copyright Rachell Elaine Jackson.  All Rights Reserved.  Website design and hosting by North Mobile Internet Services, Inc.

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Two Thanksgivings November 30, 2016 The Monday following a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with my family and in-laws in Pensacola, I was called to jury duty at home. On the first day, our group of over a hundred people was divided into “panels” of 15 people each. I was in panel number eight. In the afternoon, two other panels were selected to stay behind while the rest of us were dismissed and asked to call a particular phone number that evening to see if we would be on duty the next day. We were. Our case concerned three young people who were accused of hunting and firing rifles from a vehicle at night. The judge led us through a lengthy sifting process and twelve people were selected to be on the jury. I wasn’t one of them. When I called their phone number that evening, I was told my panel would not be needed again, and checks would be mailed out on Wednesday. The pay was $10 per day minus $2 for parking. Eight bucks per day! I wasn’t happy about that. Later, though, as I thought about it, I decided this was another Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Why? Because we live in a society that believes in the law and justice. And we go to great lengths and expense to uphold both. For that, we should all be thankful. –Rachell Elaine Jackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens

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RachellElaineJackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens