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Old 05-14-07, 06:52 AM   #1
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Jury Duty, with wireless internet!

I lost my jury duty summons who knows when, I called up and asked when I should go, they said today.

Now I'm here, checked in...

I guess I just wait now....

At least I have BF and the whole internet, along with a few dvd's to pass the time...
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Old 05-14-07, 08:51 AM   #2
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You should have told them that you were racist against all races. Either that or told them you would look the defendants criminal history up on the web, and find the the bastard guilty based soley on that.
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I already tried telling them I'm starting a gov't job next week since all gov't employees are excused and get to leave right at the start, but no dice. I better not get selected for a jury, I'm in the middle of trying to find an apartment and about to start a new job...

Yeah, and since I already shave my head, look mean as hell, it is believable that I could be some neo-nazi.
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Old 05-14-07, 08:57 AM   #4
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"I don't believe in drug laws. Unless the defendant is black, I mean. Then he's definitely guilty."

That'll get you out out in a hurry.
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Good news is, once that job starts, you will be unable to continue being a juror. So if they want you that bad, probably won't be more than a few days.
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use the internet to contact you prospective employer and see if you can start early, say today maybe.
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or just start talking to thin air, saying "leave me alone" and wave your arms alot.
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A friend of mine had jury duty earlier this month. The guy sitting next to her was described thusly:

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To my left, a bald white guy with a Harley Davidson t-shirt who was reading a copy of “The Occult Roots of Nazism”.
Sounds like a good way to ensure one doesn't get selected.
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Hey, I like a good "how I got out of jury duty" story as much as the next person, but I have to offer a different perspective.

Whether it's a criminal case or a civil one, juries are what make our system work. They are the first and best line of defense against government tyranny. For every OJ jury that gets it wrong, there are hundreds, and probably thousands, of juries in which honest, everyday people work hard it get it right. If you don't like injustice, then take your turn on a jury and make sure that justioce is done, at least in that one case.

I'm not pollyanna about this - waiting in a jury assembly room can be truly mind-numbing. But you have to remember that, for the people involved in the case that you just may end up serving on, this is very important. Years in prison could be at stake, or a whole bunch of money. Now think if you were in either situation. Who would you want on your jury: a reasonable cross-section of the community at large, including people like you; or twelve yahoos who were too dumb to figure out how to to duck their jury duty obligations? If you would want folks like you in the jury that hears your case, how the heck will that happen if you won't serve?

The short of it is that everyone - everyone - should take their turn when called for jury duty. And play it straight: don't try to get on a jury, don't try to get off. Describe your situation and feelings accurately when asked. And if you are selected to actually sit on a jury, realize that it is likely the most powerful, influential thing you will ever do in terms of governmental action.
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Hey, I like a good "how I got out of jury duty" story as much as the next person, but I have to offer a different perspective.

Whether it's a criminal case or a civil one, juries are what make our system work. They are the first and best line of defense against government tyranny. For every OJ jury that gets it wrong, there are hundreds, and probably thousands, of juries in which honest, everyday people work hard it get it right. If you don't like injustice, then take your turn on a jury and make sure that justioce is done, at least in that one case.

I'm not pollyanna about this - waiting in a jury assembly room can be truly mind-numbing. But you have to remember that, for the people involved in the case that you just may end up serving on, this is very important. Years in prison could be at stake, or a whole bunch of money. Now think if you were in either situation. Who would you want on your jury: a reasonable cross-section of the community at large, including people like you; or twelve yahoos who were too dumb to figure out how to to duck their jury duty obligations? If you would want folks like you in the jury that hears your case, how the heck will that happen if you won't serve?

The short of it is that everyone - everyone - should take their turn when called for jury duty. And play it straight: don't try to get on a jury, don't try to get off. Describe your situation and feelings accurately when asked. And if you are selected to actually sit on a jury, realize that it is likely the most powerful, influential thing you will ever do in terms of governmental action.
Haha, I really don't mind serving, its just a bad time for me right now. Well there really isn't ever a 'good time' to go, but just especially now, I'm about to change jobs, in the middle of a roommate/apartment hunt, taking on some additional freelance work etc. Hardly a finacial hardship, I just didn't want to get selected for a jury, serving for a week or two and end up not finding a place to live by the time I new job starts.

If this were two months ago, I would have loved to have served.

But either way, 7.5 hours after I got there and only moving out of my seat for lunch and the bathroom, they let us out and we dont have to serve again (for at least 3 years...)
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I already tried telling them I'm starting a gov't job next week since all gov't employees are excused and get to leave right at the start, but no dice. I better not get selected for a jury, I'm in the middle of trying to find an apartment and about to start a new job...

Yeah, and since I already shave my head, look mean as hell, it is believable that I could be some neo-nazi.
Yeah, but they would really lose that image if they saw the BF Avatar!
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Whether it's a criminal case or a civil one, juries are what make our system work. They are the first and best line of defense against government tyranny. For every OJ jury that gets it wrong, there are hundreds, and probably thousands, of juries in which honest, everyday people work hard it get it right. If you don't like injustice, then take your turn on a jury and make sure that justice is done, at least in that one case.
Having served as a jurist for five weeks on a federal trial, I can't agree more.
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Hey, I like a good "how I got out of jury duty" story as much as the next person, but I have to offer a different perspective.

Whether it's a criminal case or a civil one, juries are what make our system work. They are the first and best line of defense against government tyranny. For every OJ jury that gets it wrong, there are hundreds, and probably thousands, of juries in which honest, everyday people work hard it get it right. If you don't like injustice, then take your turn on a jury and make sure that justioce is done, at least in that one case.

I'm not pollyanna about this - waiting in a jury assembly room can be truly mind-numbing. But you have to remember that, for the people involved in the case that you just may end up serving on, this is very important. Years in prison could be at stake, or a whole bunch of money. Now think if you were in either situation. Who would you want on your jury: a reasonable cross-section of the community at large, including people like you; or twelve yahoos who were too dumb to figure out how to to duck their jury duty obligations? If you would want folks like you in the jury that hears your case, how the heck will that happen if you won't serve?

The short of it is that everyone - everyone - should take their turn when called for jury duty. And play it straight: don't try to get on a jury, don't try to get off. Describe your situation and feelings accurately when asked. And if you are selected to actually sit on a jury, realize that it is likely the most powerful, influential thing you will ever do in terms of governmental action.
I've received 3 Jury Summonses, and each time I went and was selected. Two trials were 4 days long, the third was 2 hours. One was a Civil trial, one was a Municipal Traffic Court trial, and one was a Felony Assault trial. If called I'll gladly go again. If selected, I'll serve without complaint (especially now that the state has upped jury pay by $32 per day). My wife has Jury Duty Wednesday. It will be her second time in 2 years.
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Funny, I got a questionnaire on Saturday, to be returned within 10 days. Not a summons. Just a notice that I "could be called in the next 12 months." I agree the waiting can be mind numbing, but at least more places are getting WiFi. Not sure about Vermont though.

Just surf pr0n and anarchist and white supremacist web sites. Make sure the attorneys can see you. Have a burning cross screen saver.

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I always say: "if the cops caught them...there guilty...period!"
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Or look at the person next to you and ask if the voices in your head are to loud for them
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