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School me on Jury Duty

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 76zimmer, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. 76zimmer

    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well after all these years they finally caught up with me, so now I must do my civil duty and serve on the jury. One day or one trial whichever is longer.
    I guess I'll have to leave my knife at home. I have to call the night before my service date, and see if I need to show up or not. Anybody have any insight from serving before?
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    In San Francisco, I went to Jury Duty with my Gun Owners of America shirt on. I was excused. Another time it was a DUI trial, where the guy refused a breathalyzer, urine or blood test. I flat out said "He sounds guilty to me." Excused. the last time, I was picked for a real high profile murder trial, which was expected to last six weeks, I can't afford to be off work that long, so I postponed my summons date until July. I wouldn't mind serving on a jury, but I can't afford the time off of work.
     
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    I've served JD in two states.

    San Diego had a huge jury pool (300-400 people) vs. Boise (30-40 people).
    Bring reading material.
    Sitting and waiting is the name of the game.

    When I served I remember thinking what a pain in the a$$ it was on the first day. Until I was selected to a trial.

    It was an awesome experience. You get to see the judicial system in action.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.
     
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    If you're looking for an excuse, find a doctor who will write a letter to the court stating you have been diagnosed with ADD, instant lifetime excusal.
    Jimbo
     
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    I got to serve on one where the postman got his schwang :eek1: bit by a dog.
    We got to decide basically how much he was awarded
     
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    im only 21 and have been called up twice, both times i was in college so i didnt have to go
     
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    Definitely bring reading material.. good tip.

    As far as getting excused, on purpose... it depends on the judge. The judge on the trial I was a jury member for was taking NO ****. The only person that got excused from the selection process due to cause was a woman with a medical condition who had to see the doc THAT DAY. The judge wasn't even going to let that slide until she whipped out her medical paperwork. Several people said things like "if he's here, he prolly did it" and **** like that, none of them skated out of the selection process. In fact, our alternate juror was one of those guys. My trial was a child molestation case... and even people who had been abused previously who said it was a factor didn't necessarily get excused because of it. The lady who sat next to me was a victim herself and got in the "top 12".

    At any rate, I'm not sure what "advice" to give... the judge will give you all the instructions you need... they assume you don't know jack all (which is good, cause most people don't!). The baliff will school you on court proceedure to make sure you don't do anything against the rules. You oughta be "all good". I didn't have a clue what was going on / what I was doing before I served, and it was no big deal.

    j
     
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    Want out ??

    Just tell them that you will make an excellent juror 'cause you can spot guilty people from across the room !!!! :haha:
     
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    Step #1: Recieve jury duty notification letter.

    Step #2: Open said letter.

    Step #3: Briefly glance over letter looking disinterested.

    Step #4: Tear up letter and toss in garbage.

    This has worked for me for like.......ever.
     
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    good way to get a warrant. :rolleyes: it is against the law to not even show up for jury duty.

    j
     
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    I work for a state/county run agency. Trust me,...their backed up to their skivvies in politically correct paperwork in duplicate/triplicate/quadruplicate,...out dated computer systems and everybodys got 4 managers each pointing at each other "graphing the food chain of accountability" like this with their arms--- X.

    It'll be a thousand years before they make a point of contact.
     
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    First off, I can understand the arguement against serving jury duty because you can't afford the time away from work. With that said, I think that people should consider jury duty with the view that they might someday be in the court. If you end up in a situation where you have a jury of your peers deciding what happens to you. Do you want people who take their civic responsibility seriously or a bunch of people who are upset because they got called in for jury duty deciding what happens to you?

    Gus
     
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    You said......"duty".
     
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    Having spent some time in courts, I can tell you that there are some very interesting cases. It might turn out to be a good experience.
     
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    When was the last time you did that?

    And how many times have you done it?
     
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    I forgot about my jury summons once, and after just a couple days I got a phone call and a letter saying that unless I called the courthouse and rescheduled by a certain date, they would issue a bench warrant. I called and rescheduled.
     
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    I'm actually looking forward to it, just being completely green to the experience I wondered what others had to say about it.
     
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    I got a letter when I was in college to but got out of it.
     
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    i did mine around october last year and accidentally slept through it one day like a week into the trial, i showed up as court was getting out and they all had to wait 2 hours for me until they replaced me, the judge was pissssed but let me go because i was honest with him

    i got a subpoena(thanks 76zim) to testify against some scumbag for dumping trash where i go 4 wheeling in a couple weeks, ill report back on how that goes
     
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    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    From your earlier post, with the roofing?

    and its Subpoena just fyi:D
     

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