Call for Duty

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Trafford Publishing, Dec 13, 2011 - Fiction - 200 pages
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Joella Simpson, a spirited housewife and mother of four in additions to two foster sons is called to serve as a King County juror in Seattle Washington. During the jury interrogation she is questioned if in any way she is not qualified to serve as a juror on the criminal trial questioning the sanity of the accused woman. Joella refrains from admitting her brother- in-law, Mark Markham a returned US Marine struggles with medical and mental issues brought about by his exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam tour of duty. Joella questions the jury system legality and becomes disillusioned concerning the responsibilities demanded of jurors, who have neither the experience nor education to judge the merits of criminals. Joella becomes frustrated with the injustice of the courts interpretation of “peers.” and with her efforts to call attention to the disabled veterans returning home medical issues the officials representing the United States chose to ignore. Joella finds herself questioning her principles, in her concern over moral issues. She, as a juror, disrupts the case rather than accept ground rules.

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