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THE WEEK OF APRIL 27 IS JURY APPRECIATION WEEK IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI

April 24, 2009

Thomas Jefferson called the jury system “the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

Next week is jury appreciation week in the State of Missouri. The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s office would like to recognize the Taney County residents who participate in the jury process each year in Taney County Courts. Over two-thousand (2,000) members of our community are contacted each year over potential jury service, and approximately nine-hundred (900) participate during twelve (12) jury weeks a year. Please join us in recognizing the jurors whose selfless service allows the Court system to embody justice and serve the Taney County community.

On behalf of the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor Jeffrey M. Merrell would like to express our gratitude: “[i]f citizens were not willing to serve this community through jury duty, the job of prosecuting criminal cases would be much harder. Thankfully, we live in a county where people readily make themselves available to serve on jury panels. We would like to say thank you to all of those citizens who have served, and all of those citizens who will eventually be asked to serve. The process is definitely not convenient, so it is important that the courts and those of us who regularly deal with jury panels let everyone know that we appreciate them.”

For more information about the Missouri Justice System please visit: www.courts.mo.gov

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