By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News
Now, a judge has threatened him with contempt if he does not report for duty in January.
“In order for my company not to be part of the carnage that MY GOVERNMENT helped create, I am not going to be able to serve on juries now or anytime in the foreseeable future,” Salemi wrote Dec. 5 to Sheila Hunter, jury clerk for federal court in San Antonio. “I have no other focus in my life at this point other than to make sure that nothing happens to those jobs, employees and their families.”
“Most jurors I have seen interviewed after trials don't impress me with having enough sense to get out of the rain, much less determine the guilt or innocence of someone on trial for what is undoubtedly a critically important matter to have gotten to that point.”
He post-scripted his letter with this: “Michelle Obama may be proud of her country for the first time in her life, but frankly, for the first time in my life, I am totally disgusted with it.”
“Should Mr. Salemi choose not to be part of the social fabric and contract of the United States of America, there are many other countries to which he can freely move which do not require citizenship through jury service ... (like) Mexico, Cuba, North and South Korea and the Republic of China,” Biery wrote. “Should Mr. Salemi choose to be part of the American experiment in self-government and its social contract, and to purge himself of any possibility of going to jail for contempt of court, Mr. Salemi is ORDERED to participate in jury service for the month of January 2009.”
“They'll probably make an example out of me,” he said.