A Texas man was jailed for 83 days for failure to appear for jury duty, six years ago. He was denied counsel, locked up and forgotten. This wasn't Mexico, or Nicaragua, or Russia, or Pakistan, or Tibet, this was Texas. He was released only after intervention of the Dallas Morning News who received a letter from him describing the ordeal, written from jail.
Jury duty is the penalty assessed for registering to vote and driving on the roads. Notwithstanding the 13th Amendment of our Constitution, it is indentured servitude. It wreaks havoc on individual lives, businesses and the way we view government. The vile, heavy handed policy of no exceptions, no excuses, no remedies at law make jury duty as practiced today all the more despotic and loathsome.
I read a story like this and I want to practice law again; so I can wreak havoc on deserving souls, like the ones responsible for the jailing described below. Now that I don't have to do it for income, maybe I should, just a kind of last hurrah in the scheme of my life and duty as an officer of the court and Colonel in the Georgia militia (admittance into the Georgia Bar automatically grants you the title of "Colonel" in the Georgia militia and the privilege/obligation to muster a regiment in the event of war).
As you read this story below, be mindful of the evasive behavior of all those responsible for this travesty of justice as they wiggle and deflect responsibility, circa post-World War II accomplices of the Holocaust.
Texas man jailed 83 days for skipping jury duty
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A man arrested for allegedly failing to appear for jury duty was released Saturday after spending 83 days in jail, a length of detention that a judge called "unacceptable."
Douglas Maupin was released a day after The Dallas Morning News brought his plight to the attention of a Collin County judge.
Maupin, a masonry contractor, was arrested Feb. 15 after police pulled him over for speeding. Police then detained him on a 2003 warrant for failure to appear for jury duty.
He wrote a letter to the newspaper about his lengthy jail stay, then said in a jailhouse interview that he, his friends and family could not afford his $1,500 bail.
He said his attempt to get a public defender was rebuffed by a jail clerk.
District Judge Chris Oldner said he was unaware of Maupin's detention until Friday, even though the case was assigned to his court. The judge who signed the original 2003 warrant had retired, and officials said the case was assigned to the court of his replacement but the offense didn't fall under that court's responsibility.
"He should not have spent that much time. This is unacceptable," Oldner told the Morning News. "I don't know why the process failed to notify us."
Oldner also said that Maupin should have been allowed to apply for a public defender. Maupin, 34, said he just wanted his day in court.
"I do know I have the right to due process and a speedy trial," he said. "I've had neither. It's not right."
The judge said he was "disappointed this has happened," and promised to investigate.
More: His stay in jail cost the cash strapped county $5,785
Original Dallas Morning News Story:
Douglas Maupin was held at the Collin County Detention Facility for 83 days on a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. During those days of legal purgatory, he said he was unable to hire a lawyer, post bail or even get a clear explanation of what type of charge he was being held on.
His case was finally handled Friday afternoon – a few hours after a judge heard from The Dallas Morning News about his situation.
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