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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:00 PM
I want no part of this.

I have no interest whatsoever in being on a jury, and I dont want 30 days of my life...from 9:00 AM to WHENEVER....to be obliterated and replaced with sitting in a courtroom listening to lawyers.

There is a place on this thing where I can petition to be excused. Does anyone know of a fail safe reason I can send in that will result in my being excused from this thing?

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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:22 PM
You might be able to get a reschedule if you have a major conflict, but I doubt they will release you entirely unless you're infirm. Most jury summons do not run for 30 days, more like a week that you'll need be available. Many cases go only a couple of days, and some courts will release you once you've done one trial.

Remember, someday you may need good jurors to serve for you. You might learn something too.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:31 PM
Tell them that it may interfere with your bike gang activities, meetings with the Columbian cartel leaders and that you hate all criminals and they should all be executed for any crime.

Also you hate men, women, whites, blacks, chinese....etc.

It also interferes with your plans for world domination.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:34 PM
go, it is your civic duty while the chance of you actually being picked are slim. At this time you are only being asked to be part of a pool that they can draw from.

good experience for you.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:46 PM
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I want no part of this.

I have no interest whatsoever in being on a jury, and I dont want 30 days of my life...from 9:00 AM to WHENEVER....to be obliterated and replaced with sitting in a courtroom listening to lawyers.

There is a place on this thing where I can petition to be excused. Does anyone know of a fail safe reason I can send in that will result in my being excused from this thing?

Thanks,

"D"


You were called because you are a registered voter.

You will need now to remove yourself from the voter rolls since you no longer want to participate in American society.

Please do not bore us further with your opinion on any subject.

Call yourself something other than an American because you failed the test.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2008 at 11:56 PM
I 've been called twice,

first time i was excused the day before my court date

second time I had to show up, but got off when the case pleaded out at the last minute.

Good chance you won't have to serve.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 12:14 AM
I made my post in jest obviously but to answer seriously I too think it is part of a free society and one of its actual true moments where an individual can make a difference.

I took the original post as more of a ....Damn I don't feel like this right now.

Perhaps those with knowledge and experience can shed some light on the subject for him. Many people (including myself) do not fully understand the procedures and usual outcome.

My Dad served once on a murder trial and he still talks about it 50-60 years later so I imagine it is quite an experience. Not likely something you would ever forget and I enjoy those moments in life as I believe them to be defining moments.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 12:17 AM
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I 've been called twice,

first time i was excused the day before my court date

second time I had to show up, but got off when the case pleaded out at the last minute.

Good chance you won't have to serve.


I have had one friend called three times and know a few others called twice. Most of my friends have never even been called. Seems once your name goes on a list they keep going till they get you.

Anywhere from two days to 30 days away from work, wife and kids sounds like a dream to me anyway.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 12:21 AM
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I made my post in jest obviously but to answer seriously I too think it is part of a free society and one of its actual true moments where an individual can make a difference.

I took the original post as more of a ....Damn I don't feel like this right now.

Perhaps those with knowledge and experience can shed some light on the subject for him. Many people (including myself) do not fully understand the procedures and usual outcome.

My Dad served once on a murder trial and he still talks about it 50-60 years later so I imagine it is quite an experience. Not likely something you would ever forget and I enjoy those moments in life as I believe them to be defining moments.


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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 12:54 AM
I got called a few years ago, got put on a case and it was really not too bad. A few days we got cut out early and it being springtime was pretty nice to get a couple of afternoons off.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 01:05 AM
while most people may not be overjoyed about altering their daily life, the one thing you need to remember is that you should respect the responsibility you have as an AMERICAN! It's a way to contribute to how America works. There are so many other countries & places where people have no choices & are told what to do, when to do it & how to do things. Be thankful that if you were ever in a position to need a jury, that you have at least that much of a chance to be heard, as in other countries people are guilty & punishment is dealt out. On a lighter note, it's not real likely that you will even be chosen. From what I know, most people get called but don't get chosen... I was called once & not chosen, as so many others I know too... but a co worker just did a murder trial here in Buffalo last month & really enjoyed it.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 02:32 AM
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"You were called because you are a registered voter.

You will need now to remove yourself from the voter rolls since you no longer want to participate in American society.

Please do not bore us further with your opinion on any subject.

Call yourself something other than an American because you failed the test."


Ummm, 'preciate your opinions concerning my status as an American, but...in one ear, out the other.

I love America, I am an American, I have contributed, and do contribute, in many ways.

But I have my reasons for having no interest in being a jurer. I hope they recognize my disinterest and decide not to choose me, but if I get chosen I'll serve as best I can.

God bless you, and America.

"D"

[Edited on 3/3/2008 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 03:03 AM
Peachygurl,

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"while most people may not be overjoyed about altering their daily life, the one thing you need to remember is that you should respect the responsibility you have as an AMERICAN! It's a way to contribute to how America works. There are so many other countries & places where people have no choices & are told what to do, when to do it & how to do things. Be thankful that if you were ever in a position to need a jury, that you have at least that much of a chance to be heard, as in other countries people are guilty & punishment is dealt out. On a lighter note, it's not real likely that you will even be chosen. From what I know, most people get called but don't get chosen... I was called once & not chosen, as so many others I know too... but a co worker just did a murder trial here in Buffalo last month & really enjoyed it.


I am fine with, and in agreement with, most of that...but notice the bolded part.


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"There are so many other countries & places where people have no choices & are told what to do, when to do it & how to do things."


Thats whats happening to me!

Why not send out documents asking all who would be willing to be jurures to send back and let them know. Then draw from THOSE people?

But, no.

What they are doing here is sending out a document to me, out of the blue, COMMANDING me to be at the Courthouse, at 9:00AM, on such and such a date, for as long as they need me, or I will be charged with, and prosecuted for, CONTEMPT OF COURT!

I'm sure there are lots and lots of retirees, independantly wealthy folks, and scores of others who wouldnt mind doing this, or even would want to do this. But for me, this is going to completly wreck my life for as long as they desire to wreck it. And in adition to other reasons, its going to cost me a lot of lost wages, and the miserable $12.50 per day is a pittance compared to what I will lose.

I appreciate what you and others have said about my probably not being chosen, but the way these documents are worded it sure seems like I HAVE been chosen. They have even included a paper to put on my windshield as a parking pass.

And I also understand that i might actually enjoy the experience, but I still would prefer not to be a part of it.

"D"

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 03:06 AM
Everyone on here makes good points, both pro and con. But if you really want to get out of it, and you are indeed picked, CanadianMule does have a point...If you fake the fact that your just a absolute jerk racist, you will be excused immediately. Or, if you are called to say a Drunk Driving jury, you could make up a story about how you would have a biased opinion on the matter, i.e. A family member was arrested for the same thing, you were or a family or friends death etc. They will excuse you. It works for whatever the scenario. Just bull&^% them in to thinking you wont be a impartial jury member because whatever the crime, it has affected you or a loved one. Marijuana possesion case? My Uncle Ralph was a doper for years and I couldn't be fair or impartial etc. You get the idea.
My father, may he rest in peace, was a Police Officer for more than 40 years and he worked for many years specifically in the District Courts here. He handled all of his departments cases, most of them, as the Police Liason for the courts. (Thats not all he did, but that isn't the point) I was called years ago for Jury Duty, and I , like you had absolutely no interest in doing it. And the scenario's I stated above were told to me by my father on how to get out of doing it. He also gave me pro's for doing it as well. I don't think not wanting to do jury duty is unamerican. At all. It's just saving yourself from what could turn into (worst case scenario) months on a jury for a murder case. Just my 2 cents. Good Luck in your decision.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 07:26 AM
If one was to ask a jury pool how many are happy to have been called, probably only 10% would answer yes. To limit juries to only these people shoots large holes in the Constitutional concept of a jury of your peers. Any good lawyer should be hesitant to choose these few people anyway, as they may have some agenda that makes them less than impartial (or they're just plain nuts).

Jury service is a cost of doing business in a free society. And remember, it has not been that long since citizens were conscripted to serve in the military and have the priviledge of possibly dying. A few days in a courtroom pales in comparison.

Most courts now locate potential jurors from many sources like utility bills in addition to voter rolls, so I hope no one here has avoided registering to vote for this reason.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 07:31 AM
I've always wanted to serve and have NEVER gotten the call. I'll take your place.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 08:16 AM
I get to start my jury duty tomorrow. Don't really want to, but I understand it's part of the price to be paid for living in a free society. So I'll do my duty.
 
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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 08:27 AM
good luck, lets us know how it goes...may be helpfull to others.

My wife was called years ago on a murder rape case of a pregnant woman while she herself was pregnant. They didn't pick her. One way of getting out of it.

[Edited on 3/3/2008 by Bingylandmusic]

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 08:41 AM
I would hate to have someone with such a rotten attitude on our judicial system on a jury for me. It's your DUTY, get with it or quit voting as Dan says. As you said, there are lot's of retirees who have no life, unlike important people like you. THAT's what we need, jurys of elderly, great idea.


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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 09:08 AM
My company will not pay me while on Jury Duty, so for that reason I hope I never get called...

Good luck D

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 09:29 AM
In response to your question:

I believe all states are different.

In NY you can usually get a few deferrals if they call you at a time that happens to be bad for you.

As previously mentioned, its relatively easy to avoid actually serving on a jury, if you are willing to lie and answer the questions in a way that shows you would not be a good fit for this particular case. (Or perhaps you may be able to answer truthfully and show that you are not a good fit for this case.)

But you still may end up sitting in the “jury pool” for a week or two.


My opinions you did not ask for:

I’ll join the others who have voiced the opinion that it is your duty to serve and part of what makes our society/community work. One day you may be a plaintiff, defendant, or perhaps have someone you care about be a plaintiff or defendant; and you may want that to be a “jury of peers,” rather than a jury of people who were eager to serve.

BTW—I’ve been on jury duty about 5 times. I was on one trial (husband accused of killing his wife, kids testifying for and against both parents). Then I was on grand jury duty. On grand jury I heard about 30 cases in 2 weeks. Just to see whether they should go to trial. Mostly buy and bust, mixed in with a few assaults, robberies, and a rape case.

It can be gruesome, and disruptive to your life, but its part of being in our society and it can be great experience in a lot of ways.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 10:02 AM
SWINGING AFTER THE BELL ,HE SAID HE WOULD DO IT(btw, his initial responce is like most of my employees first impression when asked for the first time-takes a minute to get into it).

[Edited on 3/3/2008 by Bingylandmusic]

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 10:10 AM
I got called, served 3 weeks on a malpractice case, awared 500K to a woman who's dentists botched her mouth up: she was lounge singer...It was actually a pretty cool experience. The court house was 4 min from my house and most days I was home by 3:30- 4:00
 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 10:13 AM
I never voted until 1992 (age 31.) Better late than never, I suppose. But I am surprised I have never received a jury summons in the last 16 years. When I get one, I'll gladly go. I think it will be an interesting experience. If it's a bad time for me to go, I'll just go in and tell them, "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out."

 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 12:23 PM
If you are actually summoned to report to court, as I was only one time, the judge will question every potential juror in front of the court, including the prosecuting and defense attorneys, and the accused party and the plaintiff. ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE PROSECUTING AND DEFENSE ATTORNEYS CAN REQUEST THAT ANY POTENTIAL JUROR BE EXCUSED FROM THE PROCEEDINGS? One potential juror, when questioned by the judge, said, "I am VERY impartial to the side of the law and the police and believe criminals need to be prosecuted!!" It was pretty obvious that she knew what she was doing and was just trying to be excused. Of course the defense attorney requested that she be excused, and the judge complied. So if you end up having to appear in an actual case, that would always be an option to you. That is, if not serving is more important to you than fulfilling your civic duty.

 

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