policestateusa.com JACKSON COUNTY, MO — A woman is facing legal penalties because of placing her role as a mother before her obedience to the state. Not wanting to interrupt her infant son’s breastfeeding schedule, she says she is unable to serve as a juror unless her little boy comes with her. But according to state law and a presiding county judge, if she doesn’t make arrangements for child care and comply with mandatory jury duty, she could be fined or arrested. “The issue is the timing,” said Laura Trickle, of Lee’s Summit, MO. “I just can’t do it right now.” Trickle is the stay-at-home mother of an infant son, Axel, who was born in March and depends on her to eat. “Axel doesn’t take a bottle,” Trickle said. According to the Kansas City Star, after being summonsed on August 9th for jury selection, she informed the court of her situation, to no avail. The court demanded that she show up and arrange for child care. So on September 3rd, Laura Trickle showed up for jury selection — with her son. According to the court order that soon arrived, she “willfully and contemptuously appeared for jury service with her child and no one to care for the child.” Now Trickle will face Jackson County Presiding Judge Marco Roldan this Thursday at a hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse downtown. There she could be fined or jailed for her “contempt.” Missouri is one of 39 states that does not exempt breastfeeding mothers from compulsory jury duty. to read more click here: policestateusa.com
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