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Old 10-08-2008, 02:59 PM   #41
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Would you really want to sit before a jury of pissed off old farts that are hard of hearing??
for your information, I am deaf and I get excused from jury duty.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:25 PM   #42
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I got a letter once two days before I moved out of an old apartment. I chucked it and figured I would blame it on the move if they ever asked.
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Authorities: Man skipped jury duty to drink - Criminal weirdness - MSNBC.com. Sheesh! The defendant probably wants this guy on the jury!

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Old 10-08-2008, 04:09 PM   #44
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The first time I was on a jury an older woman who was part of the jury stood up and told the judge she wouldn't be there the next day because she was going to Foxwoods (casino). "I go to Foxwoods every Tuesday."

The judge told her she would be in contempt and could go to jail if she didn't show, after all the trial was only midway through.

Sure enough, she didn't show and an alternate took her place.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:50 PM   #45
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Vera, - since you were excused the first time can they summons you again so quickly? I know there are laws covering the frequency you can be served a jury summons. I just don't know what the laws are.
You can only get out of being summoned if you actually served within the past two years. Reporting without getting a trial, or getting excused puts you right back in the pool.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:57 PM   #46
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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. As a student of English constitutional history and the development of our law, it is my considered opinion that we should revert to the tried and true method, i.e.: throw them in a well, and if they float to the top they are GUILTY!
You are absolutely right. Lawyers paint a perfect jury before they go into the court room. While they have nothing to do (unless you saw the movie Jury Duty) with the initial random picks, it's during the voire dire (means to speak the truth) when the judge asks them pertinent questions that they decide if they want to dump that person or not. Lawyers have a certain number of prospective jurors they can ditch in favour of possibly getting something better from the jury pool. It's nice to say a jury of peers, but for the most part, the jury is eventually made up of precisely the type of people both sides believe will deliver the verdice they desire.
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:02 PM   #47
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Lawyers don't pick juries. They can only exclude people.
While they don't actually pick them, they do have ideas and concrete thoughts about the type of people they want. They will ditch perfectly good jurors who simply don't fit the profile they have in mind. The initial jury picked today was 80 percent white females. By the time the defense attorney was satisfied it was 75% male of various international backgrounds. The defendant was a 40ish black man.
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:05 PM   #48
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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.
Here in NJ, they don't excuse you for having a relative/spouse in law enforcement. They'll ask you if you believe you can be fair and impartial, and if the answer is yes, then off to the jury box you go. They also won't excuse you simply because you don't drive. Most court houses are reachable by public transportation. When you think of it, they have to be accessible so the entire public, not just drivers, can make use of the legal system for whatever reason might come up in private lives.
So, if you move to NJ, chances are you could get your wish.
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While they don't actually pick them, they do have ideas and concrete thoughts about the type of people they want. They will ditch perfectly good jurors who simply don't fit the profile they have in mind. The initial jury picked today was 80 percent white females. By the time the defense attorney was satisfied it was 75% male of various international backgrounds. The defendant was a 40ish black man.

Yes they do and they will get rid of people that they don't think will be understanding of their side.

But they have only a limited number of peremptory challenges.
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Yes they do and they will get rid of people that they don't think will be understanding of their side.

But they have only a limited number of peremptory challenges.
Yes, true. I was just on the phone with Lou discussing it. He said they usually only have 6 challenges. But, that's half the original jury if all are used.
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