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Jury Duty [Feb. 28th, 2006|07:56 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Got called from jury waiting room to a court room, was told trial could last 5 weeks. Judge asked if anybody had reasons they couldn't take 5 weeks off work/life to do the trial. 2/3rds of the people left. I had no good excuse, though in retrospect I have a number which were better than the ones I heard. (many were damn pathetic)

So of the ~1/3rd that stayed, we did a (paper) survey, dropped it off, and left. We have to show up Thursday at 9:30 am for round 2, at which time they'll boot me and/or ask me questions. I answered the survey honestly. It'll be interesting what they ask me next.

I'm not much interested in a 5 week trial.

[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2006-03-01 04:09 am (UTC)
You'll be questioned by attorneys from both sides, and a certain number of challenges for cause and premptory challenges are allowed so attorneys can get rid of panelists who they think won't favor their point of view. Bring along a hard-cover copy of "Mein Kampf". You'll get dismissed on challenge ;)
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-03-01 04:35 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest bringing a book to the effect of "The Inequalities of the Criminal Justice System" or somesuch. ;)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-03-01 04:43 am (UTC)
I have a few gun mags that will surely get you off of any panel.
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[User Picture]From: themabbi
2006-03-01 04:12 am (UTC)
Work in in a mention of jury nullification. They'll send you home post haste.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-01 04:14 am (UTC)
to gank a quote from Homer Simpson:
"The key is to tell them that you're prejudiced against all races."
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[User Picture]From: likethe309
2006-03-01 04:48 am (UTC)
maybe one of the defendents or witnesses or someone has a livejournal. I think thats a good enough reason to get you off the trial.
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2006-03-01 05:30 am (UTC)
Civil or criminal? It would probably be really interesting either way, but I'd bet you won't get picked.
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From: russgetchell
2006-03-01 06:00 pm (UTC)

5 weeks is nothing

I was reading online about a trial in the U.K. that lasted for 314 days. It was a libel suit against McDonalds.
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From: russgetchell
2006-03-02 02:30 am (UTC)
I also have a shirt that says "I'd rather be killing Communists." If you wear that, along with an NRA mesh-back baseball hat, they will probably let you slide. Also, chew tobacco and spit on the floor.
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[User Picture]From: lisa
2006-03-02 08:53 pm (UTC)
if you get yourself chosen for a 5 week trial i'm going to kick your butt
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[User Picture]From: visions
2006-03-07 06:18 am (UTC)
well, if that isnt a good enough reason... :)

i go in on monday for round 1. woo.
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