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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    best one... you cant speak english
    another one is you have to pee every two hours. And then ask to be excused to use the restroom.
    Neither one will get you out legally - although I suspect if you have a doctor's note about peeing

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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    bwhahahha.....
    Funny too...when I called in re-schedule it was a employee who suggested I do that.

    I think they know that people in general don't like jury duty!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Neither one will get you out legally - although I suspect if you have a doctor's note about peeing
    not speaking english... of which i see used a lot gets, them out every single time.

    as for having to pee.... either they will let you go or not. Its worth a try.

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    Funny I'd like to be on jury duty but it never happens. I was rejected once on religious grounds. Huh? I'm not religious unless being against the death penalty counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    not speaking english... of which i see used a lot gets, them out every single time.

    as for having to pee.... either they will let you go or not. Its worth a try.
    Interesting about not speaking English - worth a try but have a feeling that would not work for me.

    Like I said, I found a legal way out. So I'm good...for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Interesting about not speaking English - worth a try but have a feeling that would not work for me.

    Like I said, I found a legal way out. So I'm good...for now.
    it wont work for me either.....

    so lets hear it... whats your legal way out?

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    I've sat on juries twice. The first time was for a charge of assault. I found the process painful mainly because of how long everything took. I'm probably just as guilty in that regard as the next person who lacks firsthand experience with our court system. I just expected things to move along at a little bit better pace. I kept thinking to myself "is this their first time holding a trial here?" I know that I wasn't privy to a lot of the mechanics though and the process was probably necessary.

    The second time was for embezzlement. It was probably just as plodding and slow but I knew what to expect so it didn't bother me as much. We were asked a question during the seating process along the lines of would lengthy deliberations alter our ability to be objective or seek justice properly, something like that, and my response was something like "as long as high quality snacks are provided, I'm good." They laughed, but as soon as the words left my mouth I was sure I wasn't going to be seated because of it. They kept me though.

    I do think it's an experience that many people can benefit from. For some, it also can be a hardship so I'm glad there are convenient ways to "get out of it" when necessary. The company I worked for at the time provided us with three paid "Misc. Leave" days per year we could use for qualifying events and jury duty was one of those that qualified. Not every potential juror has that though.

    Interesting anecdote: My wife's aunt runs an in-home daycare. Every time she's drawn for jury selection she writes a letter to the court explaining that each day she would be absent from her business would result in 6-8 parents or sets of parents having to miss work to stay home and take care of their children. Each time she is told to not come in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    I just got back from my participation in civic duty sitting all morning in a jury pool. It wasn't too bad and luckily the people in this city are super nice and easy to talk to.

    Finally I get called to be on a selection/panel for a case regarding a man (who was present) charged with animal cruelty. While I wasn't provided details, I did see photos on the People's table of the animal and it looked like a cat who had been injured/shot in the eye. Living still, but clearly injured.

    Upon announcing the charge, a woman sitting in the potential alternatives stated "I can't hear this case, I need to leave" and she promptly got up and walked out. The judge asked us not to allow that to affect us but it clearly did.

    People and Defense both had 15 min each to ask the panel any questions they wanted - and based on the woman's proclamation you could see it did have a clear effect on us. Luckily people were honest but many were too honest in my opinion:

    - One man admitted he had no clue how the court system works and all he cared about is why he needed to be there.
    - And one woman broke out crying (probably from the pressure and being nervous) when asked direct questions.
    - Even though it is the law - many people openly admitted they would not be able to be impartial based on the charge alone. Where there is smoke there is fire - kinda thinking.

    It was so bad, they dismissed all of us and postponed the selection until they could find 12 people (6 needed and 6 alternatives) who could admit they would find it in themselves to be impartial and objective.

    And that is the point of my post. It was very clear that many people had a bag full of excuses why they would be unable to be impartial. I suspect most were being honest but I also suspect that some of excuses was simply so they wouldn't be picked and could go home.

    Your job as a juror is to be impartial, objective and put aside your emotions to examine the facts in the case and decide if there is any reasonable doubt. And I was surprised (I shouldn't have been) in how willing people are to tell a judge they won't be able to follow the law. There isn't enough education on this fact going in. I believe courts need to do a better job of educating those who they call on for civic duty.
    I bet if it was Justin Bieber's cat they'd all want to be on the jury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    I bet if it was Justin Bieber's cat they'd all want to be on the jury.
    It was. Still no bueno.
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    No defense atty would ever allow me to sit on a jury being ex-DEA. (pretty sure my immediate family as well.)
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