When you were in school did you ever consider pulling a fire alarm to get out of a test? If you considered it, what stopped you? Maybe it was your sense of responsibility or maturity, your respect for the education system, or merely the fear and knowledge that you would probably get caught and be punished.
You may have already heard the story: woman jokingly texts a friend asking her to call the courthouse and “tell them there is a bomb.” But calling in a bomb threat — particularly at a courthouse — is no laughing matter. As Court Koenning discusses in this op-ed on the importance of jury service, aside from the cost to taxpayers and time lost, the woman in that story undermined a key component of our legal system the jury service process.