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Old 10-16-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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Jury Duty

This is my 3rd time in 10 years. I must be lucky or something. How many times have you served. Maybe this time I wont have to report :P
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have served only twice (once a Foreman). I would willingly (and gladly) do it much more often if asked.

BTW, both times, the defendent was found Not Guilty. The Jury System of Justice is not something I would like to ever see lost... particularly if there is a chance that I will ever be accused of something that goes to trial. (In case it's important, I do have issues with some other parts of our criminal justice system.)
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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Recalled serving 2-3 times in the last 8 years. They haven't found me yet up here in the forest, yet.
The one I was on the jury for was the great "dog trial". The only way justice could be served is if all of the lawyers associated with the mess served time. I did my duty and got a diploma type award for it.

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Old 10-16-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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Served on one trial. Found the person guilty. I would prefer to do something else.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #5
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Have been on jury duty a dozen or so times. Never once on a jury. Every time was tossed by one or the other party's attorneys.

Two years ago, was tossed when the judge asked if anyone had legal training. I asked the judge to define legal training. Immediately after his explanation I was excused. Three months ago, my jury number was higher than the range required to report.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:41 PM   #6
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2 juries to verdict (1 criminal - guilty, 1 civil), 3 times kicked off jury after questioning. Verrrrry boring, hate the dress code.
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Was called in at least a dozen times... when young, was thrown off all the time... lately, I have been on all the juries... 4 in total... 3 guilty and one hung...

the funny thing is that the hung jury was a slam dunk guilty... we had witnesses how saw the guy, saw a gun in his hand etc... no evidence that there was not a gun... when we went into deliberate... one of the ladies said in the first 5 minutes... "I don't believe there was a gun involved"... say WHAT I knew right then we were hung... so I just started to read my book... took two days of sitting around before we were released....
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Have never had the opportunity -- the closest I came was several years ago, I had just moved to Oregon but the notice was from my previous address in another state so I just let them know I was no longer a resident. I feel a little slighted...
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:12 PM   #9
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I, too, would be willing to serve on a jury as part of my civic duty. I have gotten a couple of availability cards in the mail over the years which I had to return indicating via a checklist that I had no conditions that would preclude me from serving. Never heard from them again.
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I donīt believe in the jury system. Itīs being introduced in Spain. Starting with certain crimes. 15% of itīs decisions have been revoked.
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Never, and I have always thought it would be fascinating. People tell me that it isn't, but at this rate I'll probably never know.
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:34 PM   #12
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I served on a couple juries and found the whole process very educational. I always wanted to get on a long one when I was working as I would get paid anyhow and it would be a break from the everyday grind. Shortly after I retired I got another notice....well now they were cutting into MY time....hey, I got things to think about doing you know?! Fortunately the guy plead to some lesser charge and it only took a couple days. But Hey! I got to keep my 11 dollars for each day I was there!
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I served on a couple juries and found the whole process very educational. I always wanted to get on a long one when I was working as I would get paid anyhow and it would be a break from the everyday grind. Shortly after I retired I got another notice....well now they were cutting into MY time....hey, I got things to think about doing you know?! Fortunately the guy plead to some lesser charge and it only took a couple days. But Hey! I got to keep my 11 dollars for each day I was there!
Well see, there you go! I wanted to go while at work, too, but if I had been called, I knew we weren't allowed to keep the extra money like that.
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I donīt believe in the jury system. Itīs being introduced in Spain. Starting with certain crimes. 15% of itīs decisions have been revoked.
There is some thought in the U.S. that a professional jurist (judge) system would render more even-handed and reasoned verdicts for defendants and save time and money too. It takes many years for most civil cases to come to trial. I don't think it would ever happen as trial by jury of one's peers is such an ingrained part of English law.
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #15
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At least the cafeteria has good fries if I remember correctly.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:05 PM   #16
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I tell you, jury duty is one PITA for a fulltime RVer!

This past February I returned to Kerrville and sat around for the whole month just checking each Friday to see if I had to report at the Federal Court in San Antonio the following monday morning for a jury pick. I couldn't make any plans, couldn't make any appointments (especially not Dr's etc.), because I never knew until a few days in advance whether I was excused for the week.

Jury pick was cancelled two of those weeks and my number didn't get picked the other two.

Being "on call" for a whole month really stinks!

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the funny thing is that the hung jury was a slam dunk guilty... we had witnesses how saw the guy, saw a gun in his hand etc... no evidence that there was not a gun... when we went into deliberate... one of the ladies said in the first 5 minutes... "I don't believe there was a gun involved"...
A good example of why I think the jury system should be scrapped. There are a lot of dumb people around, and they shouldn't be making decisions on people's guilt or otherwise.

In my opinion.

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I've never been notified. Wonder how they pick people? I've been here all my life too, 43 years.
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I've never been notified. Wonder how they pick people? I've been here all my life too, 43 years.
In my county its random. You cant serve consecutive years. Certain things exclude you. One is being a peace officer or a felon. Damn there goes my undercover internet persona as being a felon


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Old 10-16-2009, 06:21 PM   #20
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I have been called up twice but tossed in questioning both times. Since we came to JP 10 years ago I have been sent notices twice, which my dad collects and responds that I am out of the country for an extended period. Once I FIRE, it is my intention to volunteer, at least a couple times, to make up for the times I could not serve.

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