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Old 10-08-2008, 12:53 PM   #31
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It's been my opinion for many years that the courts ought to draw on the retired population first, spare the working moms and dads, etc. Nothing will ever come of that idea - it makes too much sense.

It's also arguably unconstitutional.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:54 PM   #32
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And then, in jury selection, the lawyers pick only those who represent the segments of society they think will render the verdict they want.

Lawyers don't pick juries. They can only exclude people.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:54 PM   #33
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...btw, does anyone else think that it stinks that they use voter records to qualify you for jury duty? i wonder if it prohibits people from voting?

In MA, they use local census data for jury duty, not voter records.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:54 PM   #34
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I'm quite sure some people don't register to vote for that exact reason. Sad, but true.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:59 PM   #35
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They'll arrest you here for that if they catch you for something else. I am sure that's the case in most places.
Well, that thought has always been in the back of my mind.
I was stopped and cited for a moving violation a few months back. I'd figure if there was a warrant for my arrest it would have happened when I got stopped.

One day I will become a good citizen and perform my civic duty.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:03 PM   #36
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I'm quite sure some people don't register to vote for that exact reason. Sad, but true.
At least here in CA they don't go by voter registration. Resident aliens/non-US citizens also receive summons. Heck, I wouldn't even be surprised if illegal aliens got them here in this state.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:55 PM   #37
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i am always excused because i don't drive, so transportation is tough.
even if i got as far as jury selection they will not take me, cause husband was a policeman. i have always wanted to be on a jury. course i watch court tv all day. lol

suck it up people , it is a right we must not lose. it is a right that we may all need one day, a jury of our peers.

easy for me to say, i guess since i never can do it.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:18 PM   #38
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I was called for jury duty twice. I served once. It was a traffic accident and the guy that got hit was suing for more money because he said he wasn't able to work. He was not awarded any more than the insurance company was willing to give.
I just had to call every evening for a week after 5pm to see if they needed me. I think when you serve you only got paid $17.00 for the day. It was a few years ago so I don't know if that's changed.
They pick the jurors from the DMV, at least that's what they told me. If you are called more than once in a given year you can asked to be excused. I was called for two different cities so I couldn't be excused unless I had a good reason. It really didn't bother me.

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Old 10-08-2008, 02:40 PM   #39
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Would you really want to sit before a jury of pissed off old farts that are hard of hearing??
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:49 PM   #40
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what did you say?

ya little bastid!

get off of my lawn!!!!
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