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(JSOnline)   Juror: "Fark these deliberations, I'm going to Cancun"   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, Cancun, deliberations, Milwaukee County, jury, Jonathan Davis, rumors, Ivana Samardzic  
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7724 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Aug 2012 at 4:53 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-08-22 05:13:47 PM  
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IAmRight: PainInTheASP: Personally, I'm betting on the "dumbass" angle.

"But she said it was OK because she'd done her three days and left her vote with the foreman."

Meh, more than I expect from people. It's not like 12 Angry Men where people actually change their minds.

Thats not my experience at all. I was recently on a jury and several people flipped their views over the course of the deliberation (both ways). If you take things seriously and do your job as a juror, then of course things can change. Remember peoples lives are in the balance (either liberty or financial) so if you are on a jury, take things seriously and listen to the instructions to follow.

AverageAmericanGuy: Honestly, she'd already given her vote. Other than courtroom theatrics, what else does the role entail?

You don't just vote. You have to participate in the process which should be much more involved. Once in the jury room things can go multiple directions but usually its not just a vote and go home. You go over charges and the evidence, ask for readback if something is unclear for someone. You discuss how the evidence fits the charges (or doesn't) and see what peoples views on the credibility of witnesses and evidence. If things are clear for everyone and the case is straight forward, you will usually wrap things up fairly quickly (minutes or an hour or two depending on the charges and complexity). If there is some disagreement then things can take days. If your not there and just have your cursory view from the trial, you really haven't done the job or given the defendant/prosecutor or plaintiff/defendant a fair shake.
2012-08-22 11:12:21 PM  
1 vote:
I'll cheerfully sit in on any jury; my employer pays it as administrative leave. I want one of those year long trials.
2012-08-22 04:58:59 PM  
1 vote:
I once got of jury duty with a similar claim. Told the defense attorney and DA that I was heading for two weeks sailing in the Caribbean in just 3 days, and if either of them picked me, I could guarantee an immediate mistrial.
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