Governor Ehrlich Partners with MDCALA to Promote Jury Service
By Todd D. Lamb of Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
Thomas Jefferson described our citizen jury system as “the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Jury service is an essential act of citizenship and a vital element of our democracy.
Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (MDCALA) has teamed up with former Governor Bob Ehrlich to encourage Maryland citizens to answer the call when summoned for jury service and take part in this important American right.
Last week, Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (MDCALA) released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting jury service across the state. The 30-second video features former Governor Robert Ehrlich and local Marine veteran Sam White.
In the PSA, White describes his own military service abroad and urges Marylanders to serve their country here at home by participating on a jury when called. Gov. Ehrlich points to recent findings of a legislative study which shows jury service summons response rates to be as low as 37% in some Maryland jurisdictions.
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The PSA will air on FOX 45 WBFF-TV in Baltimore as part of their regular PSA schedule. MDCALA also hopes to have the spot broadcast by other stations around the state.
Serving on a jury is an important way all citizens can help fight lawsuit abuse and ensure that our courts are used for justice, not greed. A robust jury system is essential to protect our rights as Americans and ensure that everyone is treated fairly in the courtroom.
You can view the PSA video on MDCALA’s website: www.mdcala.org.