Re "Shortage of court jurors remains a vexing problem" (Editorials, Oct. 9): One of the statistics cited in the editorial -- that only 1.5 million of 4 million qualified and available prospective jurors actually report -- reveals the answer to the so-called juror shortage. If more than 62 percent of available and qualified jurors can totally disregard juror notices without consequence, it is no wonder that there are difficulties in filling jury panels.
In my experience as a juror, I have often wondered about the large number of non-responses when names are called at the courthouse for duty. Jury duty is an obligation of citizenship; failure to comply with a jury summons is not only illegal, it is a failure to do one's civic duty. Actual enforcement of existing penalties would go a long way towards relieving the juror shortage.
-- Gerald Mohlenbrok, Newcastle