Jury Duty....

  • fitdude62

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    Oct 03, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    "....trial by jury is more than an instrument of justice and more than one wheel of the constitution: it is the lamp that shows that freedon lives..."Duncan v. Louisiana (1967)

    I got called two weeks ago for the first time to Jury Duty. I really thought I would not get picked, but I did. It was a Child Abuse/ Murder case. I was not sure what to expect. After listening to 84 testimonies and seeing countless pieces of evidence and then sitting through almost 3 days of deliberations as the jury foreperson I have to say it was a great experience. One that I really dont want to EVER do again but one that a learned a lot through.

    Who else has been called to do their civic duty? What were some of your experiences?

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    Oct 03, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    Ive never been and it is one of my dreams to go to Jury duty. I dont know why but I think it would be fun.
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    I got called to be on a Federal Grand Jury about 16 years ago. Would have been a 3-6 month commitment. I looked down at the judge who signed the order and (I swear this is the truth) it was the mother of the girl my son was living with at college. Gave her a call and swwoooosh! no grand jury.
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    I would love to go but I think my secretary and my practice partners would kill me ex post facto. Seriously.
    Plus, no doctor ever gets selected on juries anyway.
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    My hottie friend Jonathan D Lovitz's Jury Duty Story

    http://www.newser.com/story/113657/one-way-to-get-out-of-jury-duty-be-gay-as-jonathan-d-lovitz-learned.html
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    I will never agree to serve on a jury, nor can I be compelled. The US court system (it's not worthy of being termed a justice system) is too corrupt & failed to taint my conscience with it, and let myself become a part of convicting the innocent and freeing the guilty. Let that sin fall on the heads of others.

    But I will gladly testify in court, as I did once, when I learned a neighbor was being falsely charged. I voluntarily approached the bench in dramatic last-minute eye-witness testimony, worth of Perry Mason, and the charges were dismissed.

    I won't knowingly allow a miscarriage of justice, so neither as a juror will I participate in carrying-out a failure of justice, that is beyond my control.
  • jim_sf

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    Oct 03, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    I've been called twice, and on both cases I was an alternate.

    The first case was a burglary - the defendant was accused of breaking into a cigarette shop one snowy night, stealing some cash from the register and some merchandise from the shelves before speeding away. That case was pretty cool, with lots of physical evidence (and a few key things missing) and some interesting disagreements between witnesses. Since I was an alternate, I didn't get to participate in deliberations, but if I did then I would have found him guilty.

    The second time... well. The defendant was accused of forcibly raping and sodomizing a nine-year-old girl. And she testified, giving graphic details. NOT. FUN. Never got to hear that entire case, though, as the judge declared a mistrial. I have mixed feelings about that: on the one hand, I didn't have to hear further graphic details or see any physical evidence; but on the other hand, every witness in the case gets to go through the whole thing again in front of another jury, and if the defendant is actually innocent then he's probably still in prison waiting for his shot at vindication.
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    Oct 03, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    I served on a jury in the local magistrate court. The county attorney had this dumbass idea that he could somehow turn a chick fight into a felony. We found the girl guilty of misdemeanor assault.
  • fitdude62

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    Oct 03, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    The hardest part was the interpretation of the law. We were actually diagraming sentences to make sure we followed exactly was was said. I totally understand how difficult it is now.

    Even though I dont want to do it again, I strongly think that I learned from the process.

    If you get a chance try it.

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    Oct 03, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Hmmm, I prefer Roman law on the whole.. no juries, just judges
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    Oct 03, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    I stopped going. I just throw the notices away now.
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    Oct 03, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    Have always wanted to serve on a jury.. but never have because they weed me out early as having too close a tie to law enforcement..
    Never made sense to me but..........................????
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    Oct 03, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
    Just go in there at the beginning and tell em you made your mind up already.. GUILTY!
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    Oct 03, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidHave always wanted to serve on a jury.. but never have because they weed me out early as having too close a tie to law enforcement..
    Never made sense to me but..........................????


    They want to be sure that the defendant gets a fair trial. Your close connection to law enforcement may bias you either in favor of or against law enforcement (or both, who knows), and pre-existing bias is teh bad in a jury trial.
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    Oct 03, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark saidHave always wanted to serve on a jury.. but never have because they weed me out early as having too close a tie to law enforcement..
    Never made sense to me but..........................????


    They want to be sure that the defendant gets a fair trial. Your close connection to law enforcement may bias you either in favor of or against law enforcement (or both, who knows), and pre-existing bias is teh bad in a jury trial.
    That sucks! I was only military.. never a 'cop' but I guess they think I would be biased.......

    anyway, they're all guilty! LMAO icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 03, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI stopped going. I just throw the notices away now.

    I don't throw them away, which is technically a crime, I just have my doctor send them a letter that says I'm an epileptic. You'd think that would exempt me for life, since that's a permanent disability, but not in Florida. I gotta keep doing it over and over again, a waste of everyone's time.

    And if I were ever called, I'd say I'm a retired Army Military Police Colonel, and believe everyone should face a firing squad, no matter what their crime. And if the police have apprehended them, and a prosecutor is charging them, then they are by definition guilty. I'm just being honest, since that's what most Americans serving on a jury already believe.

    I'm not gonna besmirch my honor, and integrity, by serving on a jury. And being forced to convict the innocent, and free the guilty. Let that sin be on someone else's head. I simply won't do it.
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    Oct 03, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
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    I'm not gonna besmirch my honor, and integrity, by serving on a jury.

    You're joking, yes?

    Not a bit. I consider serving on a US jury to be a dishonorable thing. Because the US law system (I will never call it a justice system), is corrupt and failed. I do not intend to be a part of convicting the innocent, and freeing the guilty, which is too often the result of the travesty that is our US courts.
  • creature

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    Oct 03, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    I was called for jury duty, but didn't sit for a case. There were no jury demand cases coming from the district court to the circuit court that day.
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    Oct 03, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    i really want 2 sit on a jury. unfortunately, the 1 time i was called, i actually answered the questions presented 2 me by both the defense and prosecution. apparently that's a no-no?
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    Oct 03, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    tailgater_3 saidi really want 2 sit on a jury. unfortunately, the 1 time i was called, i actually answered the questions presented 2 me by both the defense and prosecution. apparently that's a no-no?
    It is if you told them the truth!
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    Oct 03, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    Chainers saidIve never been and it is one of my dreams to go to Jury duty. I dont know why but I think it would be fun.


    its not
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    Oct 03, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
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    Oct 03, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Speaking of jury duty, check this out!

    Hundreds of potential jurors are no-shows, judge threatens to hold them in contempt of court

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/213779/250/Hundreds-of-potential-jurors-are-no-shows
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    Oct 04, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 saidI stopped going. I just throw the notices away now.

    I don't throw them away, which is technically a crime, I just have my doctor send them a letter that says I'm an epileptic. You'd think that would exempt me for life, since that's a permanent disability, but not in Florida. I gotta keep doing it over and over again, a waste of everyone's time.

    And if I were ever called, I'd say I'm a retired Army Military Police Colonel, and believe everyone should face a firing squad, no matter what their crime. And if the police have apprehended them, and a prosecutor is charging them, then they are by definition guilty. I'm just being honest, since that's what most Americans serving on a jury already believe.

    I'm not gonna besmirch my honor, and integrity, by serving on a jury. And being forced to convict the innocent, and free the guilty. Let that sin be on someone else's head. I simply won't do it.


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    that is pathetic---using your "handicap" again as an excuse to avoid jury duty-----------------------

    You've used that "excuse" a lot for a lot of things in your life haven't you? You use it a lot here on RJ to get sympathy from people---You'll get none from me! Explain your way out of this one----I am waiting for the LULZ!