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Jury Duty Can Inconvenience Out-of-State Students

Jury Duty Can Inconvenience Out-of-State Students

A feature article by Ramy A. Arnaout ["MIT Students Not Inconvenienced by Massachusetts Jury Duty System," Sept. 13] addressed the issue of the difficulties involved when students must serve jury duty. It also referred to a letter to the editor which appeared in The Boston Globe this summer, written by the parent of an MIT student who had been called to serve.

While I agree that it is a civic duty to serve when called upon, I must note that Arnaout missed the point of the Globe article. The mother of this student complained that her daughter had been called up during the summer holidays, and by the time the letter was finally forwarded to her in Ohio, the deadline for reply was long past. The point of the article was that it is not always a simple matter for out-of-state residents to fulfill their duties to the country's judicial system through the Commonwealth, which is a valid argument that deserves some consideration.

Carrie B. Miller '95