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Billy the Hut
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Yes, yes, no need for the applause, you're welcome.

Today I had jury duty. For those of you who haven't experienced this let me explain the 12 steps to how it works:

1) 1st you arrive on time, early in the morning, as requested so you can wait.
2) Then you check in handing over the very short questionnaire with minimal info about you that they can use to pre-judge and disqualify you as a human being later if they choose.
3) Then you wait.
4) Then a judge gives you a speech about how important you are to the process because even if you aren't selected for a jury, your very presence can help encourage cases to be settled.
5) Then you wait.
6) Then you watch a video about how important you are to the process because even if you aren't selected for a jury, your very presence can help encourage cases to be settled.
7) Then you wait.
8) Then you get a coffee break.
9) Then you wait.
10) Then the officer of the court (he might be called a bailiff, but nobody knows. I certainly don't) who 1st checked you in comes back and tells you 6 of the 7 cases settled last minute and the 7th agreed to wave his right to a jury so a judge will decide the case.
11) Then that officer of the court explains how important you are to the process because even if you aren't selected for a jury, your very presence can help encourage cases to be settled.
12) Then you get to go home.

My only criticism of the process is they should find a way to give me this feeling of importance and having done my civic duty without actually taking any of my time and yet still getting me the day off work.
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Did you at least get twenty bucks to cover parking?

More seriously, our courts give you opportunity to donate your juror fee to a charity, which is cool.

BTW, I have jury duty coming up on 8/12. It'll be my 7th summons (IIRC), and I haven't yet served. Although, I'd like to, I think it would be interesting. I was empanelled once, but the parties settled before a trial.
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My wife just got notification that she has jury duty... during her BIRTHDAY WEEK!

Jeeze... where is the justice in that?
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kswingruber wrote:

My wife just got notification that she has jury duty... during her BIRTHDAY WEEK!

Jeeze... where is the justice in that?



What better way to celebrate your birthday then doing your civic duty?


Wait... while both are good, they don't usually go together. Hmmm
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My one time on jury duty, I was kind of looking forward to the case, but the defense lawyer didn't like me and had me thrown out. The amount I heard, a woman wanted liposuction, went to the yellow pages, got a doctor, got liposuction. The results were, according to the lawyer, "horrific." Involving much serious medical problems, scarring, etc. Then she finds out that the doctor who did the liposuction wasn't actually licensed to do the procedure, and in fact wasn't even a surgeon, but was a dermatologist! Oops. So he of course got in a lot of trouble and his malpractice insurance paid out a lot of money. So who was she suing? The yellow pages, because that was where she found the doctor's listing! This sounds dumb, but from the amount I heard, it actually might have been a reasonable lawsuit, because according to her doctor (and I was thrown out before I could hear the actual evidence), one of the yellow pages salesman had called the dermatologist, and actually recommended that he re-list as a plastic surgeon because he'll get a lot more business that way. Now, sure, the dermatologist was crooked to go along with the idea, but all the same, when a company's salesman is encouraging people who they know aren't qualified plastic surgeons to place ads claiming that they are, I can see why the company may be held liable for that behavior.

But then I got real strong negative vibes from the defense lawyer, and at the end of the day I was gone and replaced with an alternate. Must have been something on my questionnaire, there was a question about punitive damages that I suspect he disliked my answer to.
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Consider this: With a little bit of space, justice becomes just ice. Pretty cool, huh?
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I'm not sure how they can fix the jury duty system without removing the right to settle cases at the last minute on the courthouse steps.

My last brush with jury doodie required me to be "on-call" for two weeks, for the (federal) district court 75 miles away. There's an 80-mile limit...

This was during a teaching quarter, and every night I'd have to call after 5pm and see if I was needed the next day, which meant that every day I had to be prepared to cancel my 8am class, or record and post a video, or arrange something else, all after business hours.

I wasn't ever called, fortunately. But it was still very stressful, and I got very little sleep. It was like being on the business trip from hell, in my own home. Ugh.
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Paying taxes, voting and serving on a jury is about all that's asked of us as citizens of the US. Not strenuous requirements for what we have.

I don't mind being called for jury duty - though I've never sat on a trial. Not even once.
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I was once jury foreman. I was drunk with power. And alcohol.
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Steven, is that a modern day Mouth of Sauron you posted?

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I was jury foreman for a DUI case. The summary of the arguments would be:

Prosecution: He was driving drunk.
Defense: No I wasn't.

Absolutely no evidence was presented whatsoever. It was a strange situation, because I (and others on the jury) felt like the guy probably had been driving drunk, but the state did nothing to prove their case whatsoever. We voted to acquit.
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shake I have been called many times, and have been a juror twice. One civil case, one criminal. The criminal was fairly quick and easy, pretty open and shut. The civil case, OTOH, was the vilest display of muckraking and legal obfuscation I've ever had the misfortune to witness, Plus the jury was deadlocked for days until we finally broke down the terminal sympathizer. Yeeesh, what a fiasco. shake
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ask for coroners jury


it was kinda cool....i kept my check as a bookmark


we got to hear about a case where a house exploded
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Dutch Boy wrote:
Steven, is that a modern day Mouth of Sauron you posted? :)



It appears to be Judge Dead, a character from Judge Dread :)
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