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Best of Huckleberries Online 8/29 - 9/2/05

Cutline: Scott Reed (third person from left above) was dressed very casual for a confab with other attorneys involved in the Sanders Beach case. See first item under: “City on the Move” in the Best of Huckleberries Online Continued portion

Erin Granat, a 24-year-old Post Falls mother of almost three, must wonder, “Why me, Lord,” after being nailed with her third jury summons in four years. Each has arrived during a pregnancy, the latest a few weeks ago. Now, Erin usually doesn’t mind. Not only is she a patriot who believes in doing her civic duty, but she’s a stay-at-home mommy who doesn’t sacrifice financially when Head Bailiff Gomer Davis’ sends his greetings. After all, Erin explained on her blog, “Idaho Native,” she has relatives in the area who can watch her girls. Everything was going OK, until Erin’s oldest contracted tonsillitis the night before her jury duty and spent five hours in the hospital. Given her daughter’s condition, the two previous summonses and her history of premature deliveries, Erin tried to get out of jury duty. But Judge Fuddy Duddy said unh-uh. Luckily, one of the two counselors had pity on Erin and dismissed her. Wonders Erin: “How is it that some people go their whole lives and never get called? Or when they do their panel gets cancelled, and others like myself get called every few years?” That’ll teach Erin to become a jury duty target by also doing her duty to vote and to renew her driver’s license.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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