Friends – I hope everyone is still alive. Much to the chagrin of some, I remain un-dead.
If we want juries of the accused person’s peers, rather than the prosecutor’s peers we can do that. I think low income people would be much more inclined and able to serve if they were paid $15/hr or $120/day. Perhaps Harris County could be a national model.
Here is my math:
1 juror for 1 day
8hrs x $15= $120/
400 jurors for 1 day
400x $120= $48,000/
400 jurors for I month
$48,000x 20days =$960,000/
400 jurors for 1 year
$960,000x 12 = $11,520,000/
Ten years ago Commissioner Radack spent $6 million on needless man-made lakes in Katy & another 2.3million on an equally needless soup box Derby mound. (See below).
If the county can spend $8.3 Million on nothing, than Surely the county can spend $11.5 million on something.
I think Harris County should be able to find $11.5 million to create the opportunity for low income people to serve on juries without being punished for it.
Robb Fickman , Houston