Jury Duty

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    I would only like to be on a famous murder case like OJ, but in reality most of the cases around here would be tedious and boring.
     
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  2. Patsy Faye

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    There would have been a murder if I'd been on the jury :p GUILTY !!
     
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  3. Bobby Cole

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    Dunno. I have never served and hope I never do to tell the truth.
    The fact of the matter is that no matter the innocence or how guilty the defendant might be there are always two people in the courtroom who are definitely guilty: The defending attorney and the prosecutor.
    The defending attorney will bend, shape, lie, cheat and steal in order to get his/her client look pure as the driven snow and the prosecutor will do the same with the exception of his portrayal of the defendant looking like Satan complete with horns and tail.

    All that coupled with my mistrust for judges makes me a completely unfavorable juror in any case.
    Funny how someone with a successful law firm will opt for a judges position which only pays a minuscule amount of what his firm made him. That tells me that a judge will do anything for the prestige.
     
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    Usually you can have your Doctor fax a medical excuse saying your medical condition prevents you from serving on a jury and they will excuse you from serving. I got called for jury duty both in Florida and here is Louisiana a few times and each time the medical excuse from my Doctor was all it took to excuse me. Not to long ago they send a jury duty summons to my Honey and I called his Retina Specialist and they faxed a medical excuse to the Courthouse and now my Honey has a permanent "out" on being summed again.
     
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  5. Janice Martin

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    Long ago, when a cousin served on a jury, I was told the payment was to offset the income a person lost while serving.

    I've had two experiences.
    The first time 'my presence was requested,' I was told I was automatically disqualified because I had a small child. You know, 'back in the day' when taking care of one's own children was actually considered important. I was willing to go in- as long as I could take my child (around 3 yrs old) with me :)

    The second time was a few years ago. I was there in the morning and afternoon, but they had all the people they needed before they got to my name. I was a little disappointed, but the problem was about the payment- when you're told you'll receive $30 for each day you're present, whether you're chosen or not, wouldn't you take that to mean at the time?
    But when I approached the lady at the desk, she said I could expect to receive a check in the mail in around two weeks. The catch: I had no way to get home. Expecting the $30 that day, I didn't even have bus fare. After trying unsuccessfully for hours to find a ride home, I ended up walking- quite a distance on a 'cold and blustery day.'
     
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  6. Von Jones

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    I just got back from Day 1 at the Courts Building. I sat through two selections one in the AM and in the afternoon. Those of us who were not selected are on-call all week.

    I was hoping to be excused because of the pain and discomfort I still feel from the shingles but never got called. One lady wanted to be selected but come the afternoon she had a change of heart because she was sleepy. One gentleman actually fell asleep and the baliff woke him up and told him he couldn't go to sleep. Another time on break she went looking for someone who was actually selected but then he was dismissed later in the proceedings.

    I learned more from the second selection about being a juror than the first. The representatives from the State and for the defendant explained much more and in detail about what is expected and required from a juror. We can't talk about the case and we can't investigate the case were statements stressed throughout.

    Both times were close to three hours long with a 15 minute break. Those of us who were not selected during the AM were assigned to report to another courtroom that afternoon. I was ready to go by that time because the pain was starting and I was getting tense from it. The baliff, Mrs. Treat, was pretty good at making everyone feel comfortable. When she said that she named her first daughter Ima we all had to laugh. Don't know if it's true but it was funny.

    If it wasn't for my condition right now believe I would make a good juror.
     
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  7. Frank Sanoica

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    @Missy Lee
    You may take my place!
    Frank
     
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