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Jury Duty [Feb. 14th, 2006|09:59 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Got my first ever Jury Summons.

The day after I get back from Belize.

[User Picture]From: octal
2006-02-14 06:09 pm (UTC)
Somehow I doubt you'd make it onto a jury.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-02-14 06:21 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-02-14 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sense you make.

I wasn't picked but I still ended up on a jury. After each side took the 12 strikes, the judge stuck some himself which landed me and the person next to me on the jury no questions asked. I was 43 in the panel. People way in front of me were obviously answering questions trying to sound partial to get off and it worked.
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[User Picture]From: dina
2006-02-14 08:06 pm (UTC)
I was kind of thinking the same thing. Too verbal about his real opinions.

What you need to do Brad- is act super docile in the beginning, and then once you get on a good trial start some shit.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-02-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
"start some shit"
Be my Valentine!!!
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From: totustuusmaria
2006-02-14 06:10 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-02-14 06:33 pm (UTC)

They only give you two weeks notice? That sucks!

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[User Picture]From: idigital
2006-02-14 07:11 pm (UTC)
How much notice do we get here?
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-02-14 08:05 pm (UTC)

I have no idea, but if it's only two weeks then it sucks here too!

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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2006-02-14 07:06 pm (UTC)
I just got one... there was a process on the back for requesting a different day to serve... will they let you do that?
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From: photwenny
2006-02-14 07:18 pm (UTC)

2 weeks...meh...

Two weeks, but you also get a couple of chances. The first time I got it, I completely forgot about it, and just didn't show up.

The second time I got called, I didn't even open the envelope until a few weeks after I was supposed to have shown up, so obviously I missed it. (I'm not particularly prompt with snail-mail). I've heard that if you miss a 3rd time, then its trouble.

When I was called for a third time, I showed up for selection and got excused since I had a vacation planned, and the trial could have extended past my departure date.

So in reality you can push it off a few years without any penalty.

Next time I get called I hope I make it through and on to a jury.
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2006-02-14 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's usually pretty easy to get the jury summons date postponed if you need more time. The Summons should tell you who to contact.
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[User Picture]From: visions
2006-02-14 07:59 pm (UTC)
heh. i got one recently too. 1.5 months long :-\
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[User Picture]From: jtrevino
2006-02-14 09:47 pm (UTC)


I got out of jury duty last time by claiming to be a felon - it's very effective and quick - just walk in, tell them you're a felon, fill out a quick form, and away you go.

Yes, it's illegal to claim to be a police officer, etc., but AFAIK, it's not illegal to claim to be a felon. After all, who would do such a crazy thing?!
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2006-02-14 10:24 pm (UTC)
I found going through the Jury process was really interesting. I ended up on a case that lasted 4 days. People bitch about it, but the only really lame thing about being on a Jury in Seattle was that I had to drive to Kent for a week at 8 am.
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[User Picture]From: megan
2006-02-14 11:51 pm (UTC)


I have a friend that just got back from a weekend in Belize. Flew in Saturday afternoon and out tuesday --including a detour to Guatemala. she is insane. but had such a blast.
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[User Picture]From: paula
2006-02-15 12:11 am (UTC)

Jury Duty

I had several jury summons postponed because I was going to school in a different county. They generally let you delay your summons at least once without questioning. 5 or 6 years ago I actually served on a jury. It was no big deal. The whole thing lasted 2 days and I haven't been summoned since (knock on wood).
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From: jamesd
2006-02-15 12:31 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your opportunity to serve. Be yourself and your chance of actually being on a jury seems low. :)
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-02-15 01:43 am (UTC)
"i'd be a great juror, i can spot guilty people just by looking at them!"
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2006-02-15 02:15 am (UTC)
Being on a jury is like voting. Trying to get out of either is shirking your responsibility as a citizen.

That being said, a friend of mine from law school who was recently called was preemptively challenged because, when the lawyer for the defendant asked her whether she would be unbiased if that lawyer didn't call any witnesses, my friend said "I could be impartial, but I would think you were doing a bad job."
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