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2013-01-12 01:28:12 AM
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wcvanhorne: I just cannot understand this widespread aversion to, and even contempt of, jury duty. Call me a crazy idealist but I view it as one of more sacred responsibilities of citizenship in a civilized society.

/shown up but never been chosen.


What I cannot understand is the widespread aversion and contempt of jury duty when coupled with the fury which arises when we get trial results like, say, the OJ Simpson or Casey Anthony trials. (Not necessarily here, but in general) You'll hear people across the country screaming about the "awful miscarriage of justice" when they hear about how Simpson walked, or the cops in the Rodney King case didn't get the sentence they deserved...which may be true, but you'll never hear that at least part of the problem is that those trials had the SAME JURY POOLS as every other trial in that part of town. Yep, the same people didn't show up, made their lame-ass excuses, begged off, claimed hardship...in short, the same people railing about the unfair juries are also the ones who didn't go to jury duty.

So when people biatch and moan about how unfair it is that defendant X got off with such a light sentence, or OJ Simpson (or Casey Anthony or the Menendez brothers the first time or Robert Blake) got away with murder, or the cops beat up an innocent man and skated...you need to think long and hard about the last time you got your jury duty notice in the mail and decided not to go. It might not have made any difference...or it might have made all the difference in the world.
2013-01-12 01:45:23 PM
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I was summoned to jury duty about 6 years ago. When I discovered my employer pays us as if we are at work anyway...I loved it! Ready to do it again...
2013-01-12 02:33:44 AM
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2013-01-12 01:45:53 AM
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CSB time x 2.

When I was in grad school, I got called in for jury selection.  While I really wanted to serve on a jury (civic duty and all that), I really could not afford to miss the class time.  So, I sat there the first day and came up with a strategy to get excused until I could speak with the judge and get excused.  The first case that day was a marijuana possession case.  The DA asked every one he called up if they had any problem with the dope laws.  I soon saw that if you said you did, you got excused, so I decided to go with that if called up.

The second case was a rape trial and the DA was asking if anyone had a problem with sending one convicted of that to prison for a very long time.  I had no problem with that, so I placed my hope in getting excused by the defense.  I can't recall what he was asking potential jurors, but it was a question to which I could easily answer, "I think rapists should have their nutsacks nailed to a gasoline soaked fence post, the post then set alight and the rapist then handed a dull, rusty bladed pocket knife."  I was resonably sure that would get me excused.  As it turned out, I was never called and the next day, I talked to the judge ahead of time and got excused.

Skip ahead 25 years and I got called in for jury duty again.  I had just been laid off when my company's branch office closed, was geting nice severance pay so, why not?  I went in and sat and sat all day.  At the end of the day, we all got called in and were informed the parites had coped to a plea deal and we were not only excused, but excused from being called up for five years.  Oh, and they paid for my parking, too.
2013-01-12 12:51:03 AM
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wcvanhorne: LoneWolf343: wcvanhorne: I just cannot understand this widespread aversion to, and even contempt of, jury duty. Call me a crazy idealist but I view it as one of more sacred responsibilities of citizenship in a civilized society.

/shown up but never been chosen.

You lose work time and the compensation is crap.

Yeah..... That's sort of the point of a responsibility. It's not convenient, profitable, or even pleasant; but it has to be done for the greater good. Me generation much?


In case you haven't noticed, most of the "Me Generation" isn't swimming in excess cash.
2013-01-12 12:39:41 AM
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wcvanhorne: I just cannot understand this widespread aversion to, and even contempt of, jury duty. Call me a crazy idealist but I view it as one of more sacred responsibilities of citizenship in a civilized society.

/shown up but never been chosen.


Showing up for your one day and being dismissed is one thing.  If you're unlucky you end up on a shiat show Casey Anthony style megatrial and your life effectively grinds to a halt for weeks if not months.  Possibly without pay.

If I'm ever on trial, I'd rather face six volunteers that want to be there and know what they're doing than 12 people who have missed work for the past three weeks to listen to my ass.

/have my first summons in a month
//federal employee so I get paid for jury leave, might try and get on the jury if it's not a megatrial
2013-01-11 11:41:03 PM
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I just want to note how very, very Florida this is.
 
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