Jury Duty

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I kind of expected to get called - especially since I forgot to show up the first day. Tomorrow at 9 AM - my number came up! They are going to excuse me on April 2 though which is good. Here is hoping to get rejected.

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My panel has been released so I can now say what I was on. It was a murder and involved per the prosecution, burglary and drugs. The defendant was up for murder 1 as being present during an attempted burglary - he was not the shooter. I ended up as Foreman. Had everyone write a verdict before we discussed to see where we stood. Once that part god discussed to agreement we had to do mercy (eligible for parole after 15 years) or no mercy. Verdict decided was guilty with mercy and guilty of the attempted burglary charge (second charge). It was a hellaciously long week.

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oops

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Whew!  Just got notice my postponement was accepted.  Not sure when they will pull my number again or if I have been put in a separate holding bin. 
I had totally forgotten that we have a wedding booked during the week I had been summoned.  That contract was accepted as reason to be excused.  Whew.  We were panicking. 

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They excused me for the elopement I had scheduled. They ask up front if there are any dates you cannot serve due to doc appt, etc.

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Before we moved up to the mountains, DW and I had been summoned maybe twice each in the 30 years we lived in a west Denver suburb and raised a family.

Within weeks of moving to the mountains and registering to vote, we both had jury summonses. I asked the court clerk when I showed up the first time, "So, do you have some sort of Fresh Meat list of potential jurors?"

"Oh, no, sir," she replied. "It's absolutely random which citizens get summoned."

We live in a county the size of Rhode Island with fewer than 15,000 permanent residents, so I suppose I should have believed her, but I didn't.

That first time in the County courtroom was illuminating--and so much fun! The judge, a self-important little man with some weasel DNA in his genome, in an effort to incite the jury pool to ever greater heights of civic duty, proceeded to declaim the Gettysburg Address. But the experience got better:

The Voire Dire was worthy of its own reality TV show. Question by the defense attorney to a potential juror:

Q: "Do you know the defendant personally, or have you ever had any contact with him or knowledge of his behavior that might influence your opinion in this case?"

A: "Not really. Him and my scumbag ex-boyfriend used to smoke weed in my trailer, but I never saw him again after my boyfriend slapped me around so I cut him with a steak knife and put him in the hospital."

I would so have loved to have been on that jury, but I was rockin' the mountain-man beard and long hair and wearing a suit--and I forgot to take my earrings out. Neither the defense nor the prosecution was willing to trust me.

--Tom

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Thank you Tom, it was worth the read to get the visual!  lol

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I cannot talk about mine until after April 4. Will tell then.

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I've never been called, or summoned, or whatever. I'd love to serve on a jury. I think it would be very interesting, though since I was an insurance adjuster for a gazillion years, I think I'd probably get thrown out of the pool if it were something that involved a liability claim or the like. 

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

I've never been called, or summoned, or whatever. I'd love to serve on a jury. I think it would be very interesting, though since I was an insurance adjuster for a gazillion years, I think I'd probably get thrown out of the pool if it were something that involved a liability claim or the like. 

This was criminal - and a cop daughter did not get me tossed. It was mostly BOR-RING!!!

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Like many other people, I too was interested to participate. Thanks for this grand post.

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I am more than willing to participate. But around here a trial by peers is not common, we are a tough bunch of citizens. They usually go for a judge.

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At least 6 inches of snow last night. My horse people got in before the snow dumped - it was just starting. I brought them back to the house by way of the least steep hills. Court was delayed 1.5 hours today so I was able to lead them back to the stable via the long route. They turned the rig around in the driveway leading to the stable - I was fearful they were going to get hung up but they made it - and were going to lead the horse up the hill to the trailer. It is not a heavily traveled road, but on the way back down to town I did stop a girl and tell her to watch out for the rig. Our guests came out to a reasonably cleaned off truck.

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Boy K you have been taking this winter on the chin.  It is not often that you get more snow than we do in NE.  The vernal equinox is only 3 days away.  Surely you will start to get some temps a bit more normal soon!

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We can only hope. Most of last night's "gift" has disappeared thank goodness. DH almost took a rez for tonight. I told him we are taking nothing until Friday - maybe. I cannot have to do a breakfast before court. 

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im lucky in the UK if you run your own business you get an automatic - don't have to do it

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IF I had said I AM the business, which I am, I probably would have been excused. But I am a glutton for punishment civic duty. What can I say? After this is ove, I will tell you about it - suffice it to say, I expected a cop daughter to have pulled my plug.

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K, you JINXED me!  Got my notice today.  Right in the peak of our busy season and the week of our anniversary. 
We serve day to day until discharged, usually a week unless you serve on a jury.  The last time I served there was a high profile murder case, luckily I was not selected. 
I have always gotten off by being a small business owner, but not this time.  DH does not cook and the courthouse is about 40 min from here.  At least I have about a month to figure out enough dishes that can be put together the night before.  And will not be able to have more than a couple rooms per night.  Hardship?  You bet!
 

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Sorry about that!  I have a loaf of break in the oven tight now for Monday breakfast. I was told oatmeal is a no-no so it will be baked pineapple toast. DH can do that one.

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gillumhouse wrote:

Sorry about that!  I have a loaf of break in the oven tight now for Monday breakfast. I was told oatmeal is a no-no so it will be baked pineapple toast. DH can do that one.

 

Interested.  Found it! 

http://www.innspiring.com/recipe/breakfast/baked-pineapple-toast

 

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 in my opinion, we should have a paid juror pool because so many people do not want to serve on juries. lost wages, life disruption,  especially for the self employed ... it's hard! and we need intelligent thoughtful juries. some times, you hear about a decision and say what were those jurors thinking? where they thinking??  

i have got the summons 6 times, was chosen as a juror twice.  was interesting but it got so that every 3 years i'd get that white envelope in the mail.  hmmm ... it's probably approaching again.

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In west Virginia, the employer MUST pay the full wages for jury duty - however, they MAY claim your juror pay. The whole $40 per day + mileage. One lady said today when we were discussing this, that her payroll person had told her - do NOT even go there! I am NOT going to try to figure it out. Keep it.

We are on call for a month - call in every evening to listen for your number. It was that way in Illinois also. On the initial orientation day, they ask about appointments so I am already excused for April 2. One juror's daughter is due any time and the judge instructed her to IF the daughter is ready, take her to the hospital and then call in. Family comes first and that is why there are alternates.

For me, the hardest time was when DH was called to be a juror in Fed Court in Chicago. It timed with a railroad strike. Since I knew Chicago better than DH (who was born there but raised in the burbs), this graveyard shift person got to come home, pick him up, and drive him into the City by way of alternate route to avoid the parking lot they called an Expressway. I found a chair in a hallway and slept - as good as one can in a hard chair.

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I've been called twice since moving to this county. Both times I just called and said it was a hardship and the clerk said "Oh, you're a business owner? You don't need to come in". Thank goodness for this small county!

In Los Angeles, I was called and had to call a phone number each night to see if I was needed the next day...I played Russian roulette with that one. I had taken an extremely well paying motion picture recording session I could not get out of (and I didn't want to either!). Phew...I wasn't called, but I was so nervous all week! I shouldn't have done it, but I was young and dumb.

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Counted on my daughter being a cop would get me cut - NOPE!! They expect the trial to last a week. So I will be mostly out next week. DH may have to serve breakfast Monday morning.

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At least you got called.  I have been a registered voter for 30 years and have only been called once (and subsequently selected).  My dad lived in the same jury pool as me and was called on average every 2 years his entire life.

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I got selected once. They told me they would send a letter every week and I had to follow the directions in the letter.

First 3 weeks I didn't get called. Last week I didn't get a letter and it was the week I got called up. Next letter I got was from the sheriff saying if I didn't respond they'd be issuing a warrant.

I called and explained the post office often lost the mail in my town and could I come in next week I really wanted to do this.

No can do. My month was up.

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Have lots of opinions and LOVE the death penalty, stoning and quartering people.

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Hey, DW was called.  In voir dire, neither side's attorney had any problems with her; judge tossed her out.  Smart fella.

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OK, here you go:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqH_Y1TupoQ

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