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Old 06-06-2012, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Jury Duty - Passing the time

I am currently sitting in a large room with 150 other poor slobs tring to pass the time.

All I have to say is the iPad is the best investment I ever made.

Anyone have any good jury duty stories?
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had it once, I was not picked to actually serve but when the people were going around the room asking if the jury selection group knew the guy on trial the guy next to me said "I do, I use to work for him, he fired me" and then the judge said "would that effect your choice on if he is guilty or not" and the guy said "yes, I would just send him to prison, I don't like him"
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I had it once, I was not picked to actually serve but when the people were going around the room asking if the jury selection group knew the guy on trial the guy next to me said "I do, I use to work for him, he fired me" and then the judge said "would that effect your choice on if he is guilty or not" and the guy said "yes, I would just send him to prison, I don't like him"
Haha..that's funny.

One of orientation clerks told us that a lady fainted after seeing a famous actor. The unnamed actor ran over to help her, she woke up, saw him and fainted again.

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If I ever get called I'm going to be the most biased, stereotyping, racist prick. I hear that's how you get out of serving.

"So this individual is on trial for rape, do you have a personal biased against rapist that might automatically affect your decision?"....."Is he a patriots fan?"...."I don't know, he could be"...."F*ck it, he's guilty"
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you in federal??????
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1st time I got called for Jury Duty I was picked for a murder case. You want to talk about an experiment in human nature? We went to deliberations and the guilty/not guilty vote was spit right along racial lines.

After 1 1/2 days of getting nowhere we went to the judge as a hung jury. He told us to continue. After another day and a half I had to mention the elephant in the room.

I went from person to person who voted not guilty. I had to break down the testimony of all the witnesses. (Drug Dealer #1 drives up gets out of car and walks up to Drug Dealer #2 puts the gun in his right eye and fires).

After 5 days of deliberations we found the defendent guilty and he went to jail for hte rest of his life.

Our deliberation could make for a full semester case study for a psych class.
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2nd time I was called I got Grand Jury Duty in the largest county in Boston. 4 days a week for 13 weeks and then 1 day a week until we tied up all the loose ends that we started.
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you in federal??????
Please excuse the multiple replies. Ipad does not like scrolling in the reply screen.

I am in county court. This is not as bad as I thought it would be.
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I am in county court. This is not as bad as I thought it would be.
yeah man, people describe it like it's hell. It's really not that bed. Head on down to federal court in philadelphia, then you'll see hell lol
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yeah man, people describe it like it's hell. It's really not that bed. Head on down to federal court in philadelphia, then you'll see hell lol
It's actually pretty relaxing compared to the nonsense I face everyday.

I can just imagine the BS you put up with in Philly.
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If I ever get called I'm going to be the most biased, stereotyping, racist prick. I hear that's how you get out of serving.

"So this individual is on trial for rape, do you have a personal biased against rapist that might automatically affect your decision?"....."Is he a patriots fan?"...."I don't know, he could be"...."F*ck it, he's guilty"
I've never understood why people don't want to serve on a jury. Some day it could easily be you or a loved one who is on trial or has a lawsuit that requires a jury to resolve a dispute. Given what I do for a living, I doubt I'll ever end up serving (I'm 0/1 thus far) but I would be happy to do it and I appreciate everyone who serves. It is a very important part of our judicial system and society as a whole and separates us (in a good way) from most other nations.
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The first time I had jury duty I didn't realize you had to wait in the pool until your number was called. I didn't bring anything. No book, no nothing.

I was called in the last group of the day. That was seriously the most boring day of my entire life.
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I have only been called into the jury pool once for a gang related murder. I didn't necessarily want to get out of serving but some of the questions were ridiculous. It was 4 gang members being defended so we got asked questions from 4 attorneys.

Defense - "Do you feel that if someone in a group does something, that all members of the group of guilty?"
Me - "Yes, to some extent."
Defense - "Really? Have you ever been out with friends and they do something you don't agree with? Do you have control of your friends at all times?"
Me - "No"
Defense - "So how could my client know what his friend was going to do when he got into that car?"

(It was a drive by and they revealed that Gang Member #1 used an AK-47)

Me - "I don't have any friends that own AK-47s, but if a friend brought one along for a car ride, I would know exactly what they planned on doing and would get out."

I was promptly dismissed after I went on about how I have grown up in neighborhoods with gangs and how I despise them all as the scum of the earth. Everyone saw that I was going to be dismissed so random people jumped on and would just shout "I hate them!"
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I helped convict a crackhead back in Indiana soon after I turned 20 which was years ago lol. Guy was found in a motel room in possession of it & wasted tax payers money taking it to trial.
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Are you just there for the selection process though? Don't really believe they'd let cell phone in the actual deliberation room.
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Story of your life.....never getting picked?

You should have smuggled in some packs to rip while you waited.
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Then what would he do with the cards?
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I've never understood why people don't want to serve on a jury. Some day it could easily be you or a loved one who is on trial or has a lawsuit that requires a jury to resolve a dispute. Given what I do for a living, I doubt I'll ever end up serving (I'm 0/1 thus far) but I would be happy to do it and I appreciate everyone who serves. It is a very important part of our judicial system and society as a whole and separates us (in a good way) from most other nations.
Yeah, this is nice.

My bills don't take a break during this time.
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Yeah, this is nice.

My bills don't take a break during this time.
If missing a day or two of work would prevent you from being able to pay your bills, how can you afford to buy cards?
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I've gotten notices two times, and both times I thought I was dying of cancer and told them that. My doctor misdiagnosed me, and it cost me thousands of dollars, but I DID get out of jury duty afterall, so maybe it was money well spent.
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Then what would he do with the cards?
Keyster them? Or wear a jacket and sleeve the good ones and just place them in his breast pocket. I think the latter is the better idea.
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He could just put them in his murse.
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Yeah, this is nice.

My bills don't take a break during this time.
your work still has to pay you for the days you miss and the courts pay you a bit each day and gas mileage also so you would be making more money than if you just went to work.
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your work still has to pay you for the days you miss and the courts pay you a bit each day and gas mileage also so you would be making more money than if you just went to work.
Actually your work DOES NOT have to pay you though a lot do.

Mine did that is why I could do the grand jury for 13 weeks/4 days a week.
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Actually your work DOES NOT have to pay you though a lot do.

Mine did that is why I could do the grand jury for 13 weeks/4 days a week.
Correct! My work pays you $16 a day, but only starting on the second day.
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