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Anyone ever have jury duty? I just got on a case, started today. It is kinda interesting in the way that I always liked "A Few Good Men", "12 Angry Men", that sorta thing, and it is fascinating. Its got the solemn thing going on, the "this is WAY important" vibe is happening, and I feel like I am doing something of very significant value, hence the term jury duty.

The bad thing is, you really see what kinda scumbags are in this world, and it really opens your eyes to "there is really some wacked-out people walking this earth", and "how do people get it in their heads that that was a good idea?" Not that I am saying the defendant is guilty after a half a day of testimony, but it is obvious that something fucked-up happened....



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Only time I had to go, I didn't have to actually do anything. The defendant didn't show up (twas an eviction case), so the judge came in and explained the case and how we weren't needed that day. Just about the quickest $13 I ever made.

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I thought this thread was about the Pauly Shore movie Jury Duty.



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i've gotten the "You might be selected for jury duty" thingy 3 times, but i'm never called. it might be because i'm a college student [part time for the last 7 years, but student none the less, only need 48 creds for my BS]



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I was one of 250 asked to show up to the courthouse for juryduty. They never selected me. Waste of a day!



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I'm one of the very select few people in the world who REALLY REALLY wants to be called for jury duty so, needless to say, it's never happened.



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Yeah, I thought I wasn't going to be selected either, I mean, there were at least 300 people hanging out. I didn't show up until 10, and had my name called about 15 minutes later. They took us up and I wasn't picked until the prosecutor and defense atty kept dropping people like Scott Steiner dropping Cruiserweights. Not that I didn't want to do my duty as a citizen, but I was sooo hoping they didn't choose me, but alas, I was called.



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I got to spend an entire day at the courthouse, which was awful since I was working at a temp job at the time, and thus they were under no obligation to pay me for my jury duty day. So instead of making my usual low salary for the day, I got the wonderful $22 or so that Chicago pays for jury duty. Only positive part was never being called on a case, but instead just sitting in the big cattle pen room all day reading.



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I sat on a jury for a robbery trial in Brooklyn during the height of the O.J. trial. It was unbelieveable. Everyone thought they were an expert on the law due to the non-stop bombardment of O.J. coverage. Many were unable to accept the testimony of any of the witnesses, some eye-wtnesses (cops, parks department workers and regular folks). We ended up with a hung jury after 5 days of deliberations when 4 jurors blatantly ignored the judges instructions. We argued 5 days straight and the judge just shook his head in disbelief when we couldn't arrive at a verdict.

I got called again last year, and they kept dismissing prospective jurors during voir dire. I was in the final jury pool and they brought me up for the interview on a murder trial. They asked me a ton of questions including what I do for a living and I told him I was a musician. The defense attorney asked me what I thought about Louis Armstrong (the Ken Burns Jazz documentary was on PBS at the time). I told him that Louis Armstrong was the most important figure in Western music since Bach. Everyone kind of stopped what they were doing and looked up. I was dismissed shortly there-after. I wish i would have tried that in 1995.



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Are you calling me stupid?

Cause if you are, then I'm leaving this board.



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I would NEVER call you stupid!

That one-liner, however, was INCREDIBLY stupid and I sure wish you hadn't posted it. Yep.



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Oh, in that case I'm staying.

I must've overreacted.




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I've been called a couple times, but only served on one actual jury. It was kind of neat in that it was a civil case, and both sides had agreed to an experimental type of trial. Each side would get 4 hours to make their case, the jury would then get to deliberate, come back and ask any questions they wanted to for witnesses of either side, and then go back to decide on any award. I actually was selected as Foreman, so I was the one who had to ask the questions. Definitely an interesting experience, even if I did have to work a weekend after that to make a deadline that didn't move just because I was on a jury!
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I was called for jury duty about a year or so ago, shortly after I turned 19. The previous November I participated in both the primary and general elections, so I thought it was pretty cool when I was called for jury duty shortly thereafter.

Heck of it is, I actually got on a jury, too. We were on an attempted robbery/attempted grand theft auto case. The defendant was approximately thirty years old, African-American, and we later found out that he had two previous convictions. Uh-oh, right?

Anyway. This guy walked out of a strip club late at night and walked a few blocks down to a car dealership. He broke in to the main office, grabbed some keys, turned on a car and left its engine running for a little while. At about that time, a police helicopter showed up and the dude bailed, running into an apartment complex before being captured by a canine officer. A screwdriver was confiscated from the suspect upon his arrest.

We got to actually watch the video, in night-vision, of the dude's attempted escape. Of course, once the police helicopter finds you, I figure you're pretty much toast, since the copter knows exactly where you are and can send as many additional units as it needs to. After watching the failed escape, the police helicopter's camera panned back to the parking lot of the car dealership. The engine of the car the guy tried to jack was shaded in a darker color, clearly showing that the engine had been turned on.

We heard testimony from various people including the police officer who was in the helicopter and the owner of the car dealership. The defendant even took the stand, saying that he'd merely opened the car door to take a look at the inside of the car, because he was interested in coming back later and maybe buying it. Ha.

Didn't take us very long to convict this guy at all, as you might expect. After waiting in the jury room for another few minutes, we were called out again. This latest conviction allegedly marked the third conviction for this suspect, so we needed to verify that was correct. Of course, three strikes and you're in for a long sentence in prison.

The prosecution attorney was right there to present the evidence of the guy's two prior convictions, and it was pretty clear-cut. He was declared a habitual offender under Indiana law, and presumably he'll be in prison for many years to come. As he should be, the idiot.

Very fun experience, overall. Plus, in the jury room, one of the jurors made a nice joke. I can imagine this guy walking into the strip club. 'Hey, baby, is that a screwdriver in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?'



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Just got done, voted the guy guilty. It was a sex assault case that the guy was 41, girl was 14. I liked the jury duty all in all, but I could do without the rape cases. I didn't want to come back to work, and neither did any of the jurors, so I was more than happy to sit and deliberate even though we probably could have taken a vote and been done in 10 minutes....



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I found it through a friend whose aunt lives in the building. So it wasn't him that did me the favor of telling the landlord about me (shouldn't all supers tell the landlord of everyone interested in the apt as long as they're not visibly insane?)
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