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Civic Duty

Monday, July 10, 2006

For the first time ever, I got called to Jury Duty. And yes, lucky me! I got picked! This morning was a lot of 'hurry-up-and-wait' while this and that was decided before the panel was selected. So, it was pretty late before I was 'in' and we only listened to a little bit of testimony today. I get to go back tomorrow and hopefully the case will be done by the end of the day. I can't talk about any of the details of the case until it's decided. It's all very hush-hush. Have you ever been selected for jury duty? What kind of case did you get? Do you try to 'get out' of serving when you're called?

7/10/2006 09:03:00 PM :: ::
14 Comments:
  • I got jury duty about 2 years ago but wasn't picked. It was a case where a husband beat up his wife and she ended up dying from her injuries.
    I wanted to get picked. I only got paid like .50 a mile to the courthouse and back so my check was a grand total of about $15.

    By Blogger UziCue, at 7/10/2006 09:33:00 PM

     


  • I have always gotten out of it... the last few times I have been called I have "had a small dependent child at home."

    My girlfriend once was excused from a medical malpractice case because it involved a rare procedure that I had had done and she was too familiar with it for the defense attorney's comfort!

    I wouldn't mind serving... if it were interesting!

    By Blogger Kristin, at 7/10/2006 09:39:00 PM

     


  • I've been waiting my whole damned life to be on a jury. With my luck, I'll get some shitty case. I want a murder or a good, dirty, raunch divorce or criminal case. Yes, I need help.

    By Blogger used*to*be*me*, at 7/11/2006 01:25:00 AM

     


  • I haven't been yet, and while I live in Italy (2 1/2 more years!) I don't think it's possible. By that time I'll probably be looking forward to it.

    By Blogger R. Robyn, at 7/11/2006 01:58:00 AM

     


  • Yes, I served on jury duty once. I hear people complain about it all the time. I thought it was fun. I was only selected for one case however. It was a man making terroristic threats against his wife. The rest of the week I was there I read a book. Got paid full salary for my time there by my employer...problem??

    I just got a form in the mail last week to determine if I was eligible for jury duty. But I'll be a full time student by then, so, I may not be able to do it this time round.

    Have fun!!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 7/11/2006 07:06:00 AM

     


  • Never been picked. But now because I'm married to a lawyer, it's less likely that I'd actually be picked for a jury. Damn. I was all ready with my "I heart legalized marijuana t-shirt"

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 7/11/2006 09:46:00 AM

     


  • No, but I kind of want to. When it's over you better post the details. I hope it was a good one.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 7/11/2006 10:33:00 AM

     


  • I had to report for town court a few months ago. The guy took a plea at the last second -- he was there with his lawyer. He was there for "forcible touch" -- with his daughter-in-law! Eww.

    By Blogger Marie, at 7/11/2006 10:41:00 AM

     


  • I've been called many times but never picked.

    Apparently (here at least) going to vote increases your odds of being summoned.

    I'd like to serve. I once came close - I was in the final group and the lawyers were questioning us to see who they wanted. But it was a case about a 20 year old that climbed in a window to have (consensual) sex with a 14 year old, and I couldn't help but speak my mind. Apparently some lawyer didn't want to risk having me on the jury.

    By Blogger Silly Old Bear, at 7/11/2006 11:48:00 AM

     


  • I was a nanny and got off because i was a primary care giver...I cant imagine having to be hold up in a room bored out of my mind....

    By Blogger Shannon, at 7/11/2006 12:58:00 PM

     


  • I've never done jury duty, it's very different over here though, if you're picked for jury duty then you're on the jury...there's no choosing from a big group! Hope this one does finish tomorrow and doesn't drag on for too long.

    By Anonymous Claire, at 7/11/2006 01:39:00 PM

     


  • I have only been called for jury duty once luckly I was in college and did not have to go.

    By Blogger Crazy Dan, at 7/11/2006 04:39:00 PM

     


  • I've been called once and was so excited...then my boss wrote them saying i couldnt serve...the JERK

    By Blogger KaraMia, at 7/11/2006 06:51:00 PM

     


  • I've never been selected.

    My Mom was chosen to be on a panel deciding the fate of a local police officer though. He had bene fired for allegedly spending hours and hours on duty at the local Texaco and diner. And he appealed. He was a minority, and that was a big part of their case, I think.

    By Blogger Bone, at 7/12/2006 10:00:00 AM

     


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