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'I don't care about your children': What stay-at-home mother-of-three claims California.


A stay-at-home mother claims she was shamed for not having childcare by a California judge who told her: 'I don't care about your children' when she asked to be excused from jury duty.

In a Facebook post, Christa Pehl Evans recounted the humiliating encounter with Judge James Petrucelli when she reported for jury duty on November 20 in Fresno, California.

Evans said that during the jury selection process she raised her hand to be excused, telling the judge that she needed to be home with her children under the age of seven, one who is still being breastfed and two others whom she homeschools.  

She wrote on Facebook that Petrucelli responded to her by saying: 'I don't care about your children' and asked 'Who is going to take care of your children when you get hit by a mack truck? What do you do when you are sick?'

When she replied: 'I take care of my kids,' the judge 'shook his head at me with a disgusted expression on his face', Evans wrote.