Thread: Jury Duty today
#1 Jury Duty todaygatorGuest06-25-2008, 06:18 AM
I have to leave in a half hour for jury duty.
The last time I had jury duty I wound up being the Jury Foreman on a murder trial that lasted two days and then it took another two days to reach a verdict.
Have you ever had jury duty?
Do you consider it to be a pain in the butt or something interesting?
SonnabendGuest06-25-2008, 06:30 AM
Never been called. I'd consider it a civic duty and be happy to.
06-25-2008, 07:51 AM"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." H.P. Lovecraft in Supernatural Horror in Literature
06-25-2008, 08:19 AM
I don't mind it. I've been getting called for duty about every three years for the last thirty years. Most of the time it's interesting but sometimes it is just a long damn day.
06-25-2008, 08:40 AM
I consider it a pain in the neck. Keeps me from work. I keep thinking up ideas on how to get out of it in the future.
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noonwitchGuest06-25-2008, 09:09 AM
I was on a jury once in Detroit, in Recorder's Court, before it was merged with the county criminal court system. It was a home invasion/attempted criminal sexual conduct case. We ended in a hung jury, split not by race, but by age (I was the only white person on the jury, after the alternates were dismissed prior to deliberations). Most of the jurors were retirees, three of us were civil servants (who always get leave from work for jury duty).
Why we younger jurors voted to aquit:
1. The cop investigating was caught in a couple of big lies, about how she did her investigation.
2. The lineup process was flawed.
3. The home was dark, the individual was wearing a scarf over his face, and the only person who put the defendant at the scene was originally charged as a codefendant. A matter of fact, the description given by the witnesses at the scene matched this guy much more closely than the defendant, who was a unique-looking man, even if he had had a scarf over the bottom part of his face.
4. There were lots of defense witnesses who were obviously lying to try to give the defendant an alibi-grandma, mom, friends, etc. But the defendant himself was a good witness in his own defense, as was his girlfriend. She said "he was in bed with me when I went to sleep and was there when I woke up". When asked if he could have gotten up and come back to bed while she was sleeping, she said "possibly, but I was 8 months pregnant at the time and I would have likely woken up".
The jurors who voted to convict were upset. They went to the prosecutor and told him that when the case got tried again, he should try to find a cab driver that took the defendant to the neighborhood, or a record from a cab company of that fare. That would have convinced me.
I never want to serve on a jury again, at least not until I retire. That one took 4 days away from work.
06-25-2008, 09:11 AM"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." H.P. Lovecraft in Supernatural Horror in Literature
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