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A Call for Jury Duty

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tracy, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Today I go in for the second phase of jury selection.

    I am amazed at the amount of people who have given me an excuse not to go! :rolleyes: I cannot fathom why they would want to not serve.

    In times when the courts overturn the issues that they vote on, it seems to me that the jury box is one of the most important seats to sit in (and I told them so). How can they complain about the system if, when called, they turn away from the possibility to make a difference?

    Out of 500 called, they were expecting 150 to show. :eek: I guess I'm just wondering if I'm a freak [loco] or something. Okay, well... maybe I am ;), but am I really that far off from the rest of society?
  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    No...you're not a freak, Trace.....:lol:

    Good for you! :)

    It's one place where our voices are heard, and we can actually make some sort of a difference....! And I feel much better knowing it's someone like you instead of some of the folks I have seen serve....Someone with dignity and integrity.... [applaud]
  3. eeyore

    eeyore Monkey++

    It amazed me the two times i sat on one. People let the news sway them, even though they were not suppose to listen to it. And the ones that did not take it serious is scary. It is good to know there are others that care out there
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    So far, I have been called for jury duty twice - once for County Court and once for Federal Court. I dearly wanted to serve on the jury both times.
    County Court - I made the serious mistake of saying "Hello" to the defendant and legal beagle in the hallway coming back from lunch - the Judge dismissed me on the grounds the legal beagle thought I had 'over-heard' her and the defendant discussing their case - IN A PUBLIC HALLWAY!! Sheesh.
    Federal court - a firearms violation case involving a mid-east gentleman accused of trying to smuggle guns from the USA to the mideast (like taking coal to Newcastle...). I really wanted on that jury! I would have been totally objective and given him the chance to plead his case. I made the dire mistake of admiting to being an NRA life member and being a firearm collector...... "DISMISSED!" They DO NOT want anyone on the jury who actually knows the subject at hand. Too hard to shuck & jive. [loco]
    If looks could kill, the prosecutor and defender both woulda had me in my grave!

    This was about eight years ago - they haven't called me since...... :D
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I cannot believe the amount of people who wont go, I served 3 times and all three times I fought to get a not guilty verdict which im 100% sure it would have went the other way had I not been there.
    One was a shooting in self defense they were willing to hang him, I fought for 6 hours and finally got him off.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" />
    If you don’t serve, I hope when you go on trial you are lucky enough find someone like me in that room helping you. And if not well you got what you gave to your community the fat 0.
  6. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    I was put on notice a couple of years ago but never had to show up. A freind at work told me that if they seated me on a jury I would be a prosecutors worst nightmare. [rofllmao]

  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    They aren't using me :(. I think it might've had something to do with them questioning me on my high accountability standards. [dunno]

    I have to say; I was quite unimpressed with some of the people in there. Furthermore, I was embarrassed [to be in the same gender class] by some of the pathetically weak women.

    I only hope (for their sake) that if they're ever on trial, that they have a strong jury to defend their rights.
  8. Dukeofdeath

    Dukeofdeath Monkey++

    Read a quote a while back that tickled me:
    "Any twelve people that cannot get out of jury duty are no peers of mine!"

    I've never been called up for jury duty, and I'm 40 years old. Have been on the move a lot in the last 20 years with the Army and job transfers, never in the same state for more than 5 years, maybe that's how I've dodged it so far. But I would actually love to take a day or more off of work to serve on jury duty. I think it would be interesting to go through that at least once in my lifetime.
  9. jim2

    jim2 Monkey+++

    They called me once! When they found out I didn't believe psycho- babble was an excuse for criminal behavior, they dismissed me and haven't called me back since. I wouldn't mind doing my duty, but the powers that be don't seem to like my kind.
  10. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    If you aren't easily impressed by legal credentials and swayed by BS, they don't want you! I'm still waiting my chance - but they don't want me... [dunno]
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