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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 4:08am

I got a letter in the mail

for Jury duty for November and December ...

Have you ever done Jury Duty ??

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 6:39am

Only once.

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 6:54am

No I havent......

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Registered: 02-12-2002
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 6:58am

I received a notice in the mail 3 times.

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Registered: 10-31-1999
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 7:29am

It sounds like I'm the lucky one so far....

I've received the notice twice and both times I was picked for a jury....

The first one was a domestic violence case but the wife beat up the husband more than he beat up her!

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 7:40am

We dont have a jury in Sweden, well we do but

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Registered: 07-03-2008
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 7:52am

Yes, I have. Before I had Waylon, I was still working and got a notcie. I went adn was picked for every trial we had. But that was OK with me, I got paid from work and milage etc from the court. I think I was picked because I didn't really know anyone, and I look honest, IDK.

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Registered: 09-15-2003
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 8:19am
Yes, I get called as often as they can call me. My name must be on a list or something! Actually, I have jury duty on November 14th. My parents will be here, so they will watch the girls for the day for me.

The first time I got called, I was in college and it was a criminal case. I think I was about 20. It was the final week for design studio at school. Of course, I got picked and the trial lasted for the entire week. Normally, I would sleep very little that last week of design studio - you are expected to get all your work done even if it means pulling a couple of all nighters. Well, I felt like I couldn't really stay up all night and then sit in a jury box and listen to testimony all day, so I would race home from the courthouse, work until 2 am, go to sleep for four or five hours and then repeat. My project wasn't finished by the end of the week, but I was deciding if an 18 year old guy was guilty of armed robbery and intimidating a witness with mandatory jailtime. I took it very seriously and knew that if the situation were reversed, I would hate for someone to decide my fate on no sleep. Well, my professors were not from the US and they actually made fun of me at my final crit for not realizing that my final project was more important than jury duty. They did it the entire way through the crit. "Let me guess, you would have done that if you didn't have jury duty this week!" They also told me that if I was serious about the class, I would have just told the judge that I had finals. Duh. That doesn't work!

Anyway, the guy was found guilty and sent to jail. And it turns out that final project was a lot less significant because it didn't stop me from being an architect!

The second time, I was called for grand jury duty which is when you have to serve on a jury for six months at a time and NO ONE wanted that kind of jury duty. My boss would have had to replace me. Anyway, the judge asked if anyone had a reason not to serve and like 75% of the people got in a line to see him. As he heard people and disagreed with the reason, he sent them to a separate section to sit. When he had enough people in that section, he dismissed the rest of us!

The third time, I was pregnant with Emma and in the worst of my morning sickness. I showed up and tried to explain to every judge that I was sorry, but they really didn't want me on their jury as I hadn't been able to work a full week in over a month because of morning sickness, that I was on several medications for it and had been admitted to get rehydrated, etc. One judge had the nerve to tell me that he didn't believe me as it was morning right then and I wasn't sick. Luckily, I didn't end up on anyone's jury because I was so sick the next day that I had to go and get IV fluids and medicine. I have no problem sitting on a jury and I truly believe its my civic duty. I get annoyed that because everyone seems to try to worm their way out of it that the people who have a legitimate excuse cannot get out of it.

We'll see what happens next month!
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Registered: 07-23-1998
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 10:36am

I never served on a jury but, like Sandy, I sat around in a room all day waiting to be called. It was a case of indecent exposure on a child. I wasn't picked. I actually wouldn't mind getting selected now.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 10:38am
The picture cracks me up!
I've received the card that said I could be picked. That was probably at least 10 years ago. I've never served or been asked to serve.

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:25am

Nope, never.

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