Jury Duty

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  1. Patsy Faye

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    Anyone here done this ?
    Seems a little odd, that members of the public decide the guilt or innocence of another
    having no credentials or knowledge of certain aspects involved in a case
    Even DNA - blood splatter evidence is contested by 'experts'
    Its a tough call on us mere mortals - don't you think ?
     
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    I have never been asked to do Jury service..thank Goodness....


    My father did Jury service twice...once on a murder case that took 3 weeks ..he had to have all that time off work!!


    You have to have a very good reason to get out of Jury service if you are summoned...but I couldn't sit there for weeks on end... imagine if it was a case like the OJ case that went on for months.... or the infamous American McMartin Preschool abuse trial that went on for about 7 years.. and with no convictions at the end... *jeez*.... :eek::eek: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mcmartin/mcmartinaccount.html
     
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    I have been called twice. It is a temporary pain and inconvenience, but most folks do their best to be conscientious and do it right. The last thing we need is professional jurors, who would eventually become corrupt.
     
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    @Holly Saunders - I agree! I also know me emotions would get in the way, the fella or missus
    would be hung, drawn and quartered on the first day ! .............:rolleyes:
     
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    You could be right Joe although I'm sure some jurors have an agenda - I've watched 12 Angry Men ........:rolleyes:
     
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    I've been summoned a few times but never called for a case. I've noticed it's done differently in different states and counties.

    When I was called in Illinois, I had to go to the courthouse and sit in a room and wait to see if I'm needed or excused.

    Here in Fresno, you have to sit at home for a week and call in everyday after 5 to see if you have to report the next morning, this lasts a week and then you are excused. I've been summoned about 3 times here but never needed.

    I wouldn't be picked for a big trial anyway because when the lawyers did their voir dire, they'd excuse me most likely...I'm pro prosecution and although a person is innocent til proven guilty I'd be going in there with my predjudice.
     
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    Don't confuse ancient movies with life today!;)
     
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    'Ancient movies' ! How very dare you, I'm not ancient :p
     
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    yes twice
     
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    I take it you mean Jury Service - did you like the experience ?
     
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    if you mean me it's called Jury duty here. no can't say i enjoyed it
     
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    Beg yer pardon Sir - although service and duty are the same ............... :p
     
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    I knew what you meant, @Patsy Faye but it is called Jury Duty here...I've never heard it called "service".

    I think I would enjoy a big murder trail like OJ but all the other cases are usually tedious. You can also postpone for 6 months here if you get called and have plans. I've done that once because I had already committed to watching grandsons,
     
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    I haven't been called for jury duty since I have been in Maine. Although it's supposed to to be at random, taken from the voter registration lists, there is a rumor that Maine uses the same small group of people over and over, and that seems to be the case. I was called several times while I lived in Texas but, because I was a paramedic, I was always excused early, not because I had other things to do but because there is an assumption that paramedics have close relationships with the police, so the defense usually cuts anyone working in emergency services. I was called for jury duty while I was in California too, but have never sat on a jury in a trial.
     
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    Until I moved to California I was only called once and not picked and that was in Illinois. In the 14 years I lived in Fresno I've gotten a jury summons about 5 times.

    I would have loved to have been on OJ's or Casey Anthony's jury...I would have voted GUILTY!
     
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    I have been an expert witness in a few malpractice cases, and a witness in a murder trial, however.

    However, I have merged the discussion of that with another thread that I had started a while back about the Forensic Files episode because this thread is about jury duty.
     
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    Have been called about 5 times in 25 years,only heard one case- small traffic violation. Lawyers , do not like me, I have a tendency to aggravate them :rolleyes:
     
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    I wouldn't say that Jury Duty is a job even though you do receive a small stipend for your inconveniences but in my lifetime I have received notices summoning me for Jury Duty. Twice I didn't have to report and once when I had to report but was dismissed and again on Monday where I will find out if I will be selected or dismissed.

    My initial experience got my curiousity going. First of all why me? Second, how did I get selected? Third, can I get out of it? lol.

    So I just went with the flow of things by completing the questionnaire that was included and making the calls to see if I was to report to the courts. For the time period involved I was to do this for I think three maybe four weeks those questions stayed at the back of my thoughts until the recording stated that my service was completed.

    Back then the computers, internet and the like hadn't come to fruition so my curiousity to follow up dissipated but again resurfaced each time I was to report for Jury Duty. It was when I was called to report to the courts that a bit of my curiousity was satisfied.

    Of course being one of many waiting I found the process was intense. Listening to the lawyers, watching the judge flip through papers, and freezing throughout. It was almost an hour when the process of selecting jurors suited for case ended and the rest of us were dismissed and directed to the Clerk of Courts to receive a stipend in the amount of $10.00. This stipend was for expenses like gas and lunch. Public transportation was my means of travel and I wasn't hungry so being downtown I decided to see what I could purchase with my duly earned $10,00:rolleyes:

    Now for the questions that I asked myself at the beginning of this thread they didn't go unanswered. Most of what I found out was guesses by other folk but seemed valid enough. So here they are:

    Why was I chosen? Because I'm a registered voter.

    How did I get selected? Name pulled from a pool.

    Can I get out of it? You have to have a real, real good excuse with proof. I don't know what would happen if you ignored the summons but I would think you wouldn't go unscathed.
     
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    We can postpone jury duty and yes, it's hard to get out of it...don't know what they'd accept but I'm sure you need a note from your Dr.

    As for ignoring the summons, mine comes in the mail so I could say I never got it or got it too late because I don't get my mail every day. If I'm not expecting something, sometimes it can be 2 weeks.
     
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    Over here - you're selected from the electoral register
    You can get out of duty due to illness
     
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    I wonder if my back would be accepted as an excuse...those seats are hard and uncomfortable and by the end of the day, my tailbone would be in terrible pain.

    I think they'd throw me out after the first day anyway. I'd be rolling my eyes at the defense and fidgeting like I do on an airplane, just can't get comfortable. :)
     
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    Long time ago it used to be like that but it changed because lots of people wont registering to vote so they wouldn't get picked for jury duty.

    I don't know how true that is but it's what I've always heard.

    Long ago I always wanted to serve on a jury but with age and aches and pains and everything else...no thanks.

    Also part of it is having to go to central Fresno where crime is too high. A shooting every day almost...usually gang related but innocents get caught in the crossfire.
     
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    I'm the same, so yes I think that's a good enough reason
    I'd also be fidgeting at the defense :p
     
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    I would think that a mention of being selected for jury duty on the voter's registration form for some people would prefer not to get involved. If it is on the voter's registration form I overlooked it. It reminds me of the movie The Hunger Games only for the fact that numbers were drawn and if your number was drawn you had to play the game.
     
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    I would love to be on a jury....I never get called....sigh
     
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