Letter: Allow the most vulnerable to opt out of jury duty


I am outraged that Island County is forcing seniors to report for jury duty with the threat of COVID-19 still with us.

Seniors should have the choice to opt out if they do not want to assume the added risk.

While I assume there will be precautions, it is generally understood any time you travel or increase interaction with others you increase risk. While there is an out for those who wish to get a medical excuse, none should be needed for seniors at this time.

I have been called and have served both as a juror or in the jury pool several times. I understand the need. I just think it is heavy handed to force seniors to assume the added risk at this time.

Gary Johnson