Hazards of avoiding jury duty

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Jury duty matters! The Marshae Jones indictment by a Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff Grand Jury is just one example Attorney Eric Guster gives for why people should not skip out on jury duty.

He posted a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday morning in response to the local and national attention the case brought to Jefferson County, Alabama.

“The problem is people get hashtag warrior syndrome when cases like this happen, whether it’s Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman or this Marshae Jones case. But, when it’s time for them to serve on the jury which makes these life-changing decisions they’ll go to their doctors to get an excuse they’ll come up with a work excuse. When it’s time to ask them questions for the jury, they’ll give outlandish answers hoping to be cut,” Guster said.

Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynniece Washington was out of town when Marshae Jones was arrested on June 26th. Jones is the woman who was shot in the stomach last year when she was five months pregnant. The shooting caused her to have a miscarriage. When the grand jury heard the evidence presented in the case, they indicted Marshae Jones saying she started the altercation that led to the shooting that caused the death of the fetus.

Guster said, “this is one that got national media attention, but this happens all the time, there are cases that I have had, where I have gone to the D.A. and said I think this indictment is incorrect. I think this charge should be amended or dismissed. So it happens all the time. So this is just one that was in the public eye.”

Watch the full interview with Eric Guster below:

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