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jury duty [Feb. 27th, 2006|10:49 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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In my previous post, I asked:
Anything else feel like shitting on me?
I got my answer:
Instructions for Jurors Serving During the Week of February 27, 2006

Group 101 you are instructed to report on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 8:30a.m. to the Jury Office, located at 400 McAllister Street, Room 007. Please bring your jury summons and completed questionnaires.


You should plan to be available for the entire day, until 5:00p.m.

[User Picture]From: erik
2006-02-28 07:17 am (UTC)
I hear a lot of courthouses have free wifi now, so you can at least get some work done and be in contact while you're sitting around.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2006-02-28 07:26 am (UTC)

he can also feel cool because it's located in room 007.
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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2006-02-28 07:19 am (UTC)
So... have we learned anything about daring fate to mess with us? ;)
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2006-02-28 07:28 am (UTC)
Definitely bring something to do.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2006-02-28 07:52 am (UTC)
Unless you enjoy listening to old people bitch and yack all day, you better bring something with you that will completely absorb your attention. Bring headphones.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2006-02-28 07:57 am (UTC)
Well I hope you don't get picked to be on a trail at least. A buddy of mine totally dodged a bullet - he nearly got picked for a murder trial. Could have gone on for weeks and he would have been sequestered.
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[User Picture]From: pantsgolem
2006-02-28 08:57 am (UTC)
He won't get a murder, at least: SF sends potential criminal jurors to a different location. Still, sucks to have to go in at all.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2006-02-28 10:56 am (UTC)
How does the jury thing work anyway? I thought you were picked for trials anyway, but from your comment I'm assuming that you go there to be picked for random jury stuff?
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[User Picture]From: grahams
2006-02-28 02:43 pm (UTC)
Most reasonably-populated states, you get called for jury duty and are part of the jury pool for that day. If you aren't empaneled (placed on an actual trial jury), you are released and your jury duty is considered to be fulfilled.

For instance, here in Mass we have a "One Day/One Trial" system, which means you show up for the jury pool for one day, and if you are picked for a trial, you have to serve on the panel for as long as that trial takes (however long that may be), but if you aren't picked then your service is fulfilled for two years.
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[User Picture]From: uke
2006-02-28 08:48 am (UTC)
I'm in group 109 this week... haven't had to show up yet.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-02-28 09:06 am (UTC)
jesus- 8:30- wtf are these people thinking...

anyway- nice as it is to get out of jury duty, let me relate a recent program i heard-
it regarded how the idea is supposed to be "a jury of your peers" representing a cross section of society, but how it rarely turns out that way- both because of attornies sniping individual jurors, and because "professional" and "higher-educated" people tend to get out of serving-
the end result being that juries end up consisting of people that aren't the sharpest members of society and have little capacity for reasoning and logic-

if you believe that jury nullification is one of the last true avenues of recourse against a tryannical government in the sense of "There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty- soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order.", then being placed on a jury is a powerful position indeed.
you have the opportunity to prevent injustice, rein in out-of-control government, and simply nullify laws you personally don't agree with-

much more powerful than a vote, imo
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[User Picture]From: hughe
2006-02-28 09:56 am (UTC)
i thought no communication was allowed? or is that only when a jury is sequestered (sp?) ?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-02-28 03:26 pm (UTC)
Didn't see anything about that.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2006-02-28 11:03 am (UTC)
Hoping that you don't have hayfever, I am now posting a picture to improve your mood. Well. It improved mine, at least.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-02-28 04:25 pm (UTC)
It was the 8:30 am thing I was bitching about, but fortunately I'm still on Belize time, 2 hours ahead of me, so I've been waking up early anyway.
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From: russgetchell
2006-02-28 03:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, when it rains, it pours, so to speak.
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