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Advice on how to get out of jury duty.

Glorified KCGlorified KC KCMO NativePosts: 2,026
I have been summoned to appear on Monday (10/28) to jury duty.  Has anyone gotten out of it, and what did you do?
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  • deadendpdeadendp Northeast OhioPosts: 10,080
    Work has a standard letter. They do not compensate us for jury duty. I always get excused.  

    My husband works for the county. He has no choice but to go when called up. He went to jury selection wearing an obnoxious concert shirt. I'll see if I can find his choice. Hang on...
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  • Cliffy6745Cliffy6745 Posts: 31,347
    Oooor, just do it.  It is an interesting process and something you are responsible for as contributing member of society.
  • deadendpdeadendp Northeast OhioPosts: 10,080

    It was one of these. I think the first one, though. 
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  • Glorified KCGlorified KC KCMO NativePosts: 2,026
    Oooor, just do it.  It is an interesting process and something you are responsible for as contributing member of society.
    I'm not opposed to doing it, it's just bad timing for me.  I served 3 years ago in a civil case.  Just a lot going on at home and work and it would be nice to not have to spend several days next week in court.
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  • deadendpdeadendp Northeast OhioPosts: 10,080
    Family hardship. Go and claim that. It's a real thing. 
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 17,686
    I just let it be known that I think the US justice system is a sick joke and that I have nothing but contempt for the court.

    Have never been picked!
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  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 12,309
    Act like you have Tourette's and keep blurting out stuff like "Judge is an asshole!", "whoop whoop guilty!" "Fry the bastard!" "Qantas never crashed"
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  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 23,584
    edited October 2019
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    "Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"
  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 15,882
    dankind said:
    I just let it be known that I think the US justice system is a sick joke and that I have nothing but contempt for the court.

    Have never been picked!
    I only make eye contact with the defense.  Throw in a smile & wink and it's an immediate dismissal every time.
  • markymark550markymark550 Columbia, SCPosts: 4,704
    Claim that you have a bias against one of the parties and that you cannot be a fair and impartial juror.
  • deadendpdeadendp Northeast OhioPosts: 10,080
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    ^^ This. 
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,079
    Being on a jury is a good (not necessarily fun, mind you, but good) experience.  We are fortunate to have a legal system with jurors rather than some of the horrid alternatives.   Unless you've already served as a juror so many times you just can't stand the thought, I would do it.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,079
    edited October 2019
    Oooor, just do it.  It is an interesting process and something you are responsible for as contributing member of society.
    I'm not opposed to doing it, it's just bad timing for me.  I served 3 years ago in a civil case.  Just a lot going on at home and work and it would be nice to not have to spend several days next week in court.
    Sorry about the above- just noticed this.  If you really think the trial could go weeks, maybe just explain to the court what you've got going on.
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  • brianlux said:
    Being on a jury is a good (not necessarily fun, mind you, but good) experience.  We are fortunate to have a legal system with jurors rather than some of the horrid alternatives.   Unless you've already served as a juror so many times you just can't stand the thought, I would do it.
    What are these "horrid alternatives" you speak off?
    "Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 17,686
    brianlux said:
    Oooor, just do it.  It is an interesting process and something you are responsible for as contributing member of society.
    I'm not opposed to doing it, it's just bad timing for me.  I served 3 years ago in a civil case.  Just a lot going on at home and work and it would be nice to not have to spend several days next week in court.
    Sorry about the above- just noticed this.  If you really think the trial could go weeks, maybe just explain to the court what you've got going on.
    When they let you go, ask them if they would've done the same if you had been a person of color. That should keep the notices from showing up for longer than the customary four (or however many) years.

    brianlux said:
    Being on a jury is a good (not necessarily fun, mind you, but good) experience.  We are fortunate to have a legal system with jurors rather than some of the horrid alternatives.   Unless you've already served as a juror so many times you just can't stand the thought, I would do it.
    What are these "horrid alternatives" you speak off?
    I'm sure some alternatives are more horrid than having a dozen blue-haired retirees and camo-wearing trailer bats deciding the fates of our more discriminated against citizens, but I'm also certain that there are much better ways than this extremely dated system.
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  • pjhawkspjhawks Posts: 10,916
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 23,584
    edited October 2019
    pjhawks said:
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
    Why do you limit it to a binary choice of "the great system of 12" or "the bad system of 1 judge" ?
    Post edited by Spiritual_Chaos on
    "Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"
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  • Give yourself a challenge:


    "Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"
  • mace1229mace1229 Posts: 6,052
    I wish I could serve. I think it would be a good experience. I always get dismissed immediately because my dad and brother are in law enforcement, so I will be one of the first the defense will dismiss every time. 
    What is annoying is I still would have to go in, waste an entire day knowing I will be dismissed in the first 5 minutes of jury selection.
    And it is even worse since I moved to Colorado. When you get your notice you don't even know if you're called until the night before. And if you're not actually called in it doesn't count, so you may have rearranged your entire schedule for something that never happens and doesnt even count as you serving. And even if you're not called you are basically on hold, have to call back in at 11 AM to see if you need to report at 1:00. Makes planning for work nearly impossible. And again, if not called in it doesn't count.
  • deadendpdeadendp Northeast OhioPosts: 10,080
    It's a PITA in Ohio, too. 
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  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 10,886
    pjhawks said:
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
    I have always been on the 'professional juror' train.  A panel of permanent jurors who are well-versed in the legal system, court cases, mind tricks played by prosecution and defense lawyers, etc.  


    As far as jury duty.  My county at least gives you the opportunity to push it back months at a time which is nice.  
    My experience, I have found just to go with it and not worry about it.  If you get picked, you get picked.  
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 17,686
    Land of the free, except when it comes to jury duty.
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  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 12,309
    MayDay10 said:
    pjhawks said:
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
    I have always been on the 'professional juror' train.  A panel of permanent jurors who are well-versed in the legal system, court cases, mind tricks played by prosecution and defense lawyers, etc. 
    I concur.
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  • MayDay10 said:
    pjhawks said:
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
    I have always been on the 'professional juror' train.  A panel of permanent jurors who are well-versed in the legal system, court cases, mind tricks played by prosecution and defense lawyers, etc.  
    Yes.
    "Mostly I think that people react sensitively because they know you’ve got a point"
  • MalrothMalroth broken down chevroletPosts: 2,256
    I have been summoned 6 times, and it has always resulted in a plea bargain.

    The worst of times..they don't phase me,
    even if I look and act really crazy.
  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 13,476
    pjhawks said:
    So weird having jurys made out of random people who knows nothing of the law deciding on peoples fates.

    I would be too scared to say or think anything.
    why? it's actually a great system. a  jury of 12 is far less likely to be biased than 1 judge.  and you are given specific instructions on what each charge is and what is required for said charge to be guilty.  the problems in our justice system do not come from a jury system. They come from prosecutors who have a very wide leeway on who is charged and what charges are brought.  that is a much bigger issue than juries.  
    Why do you limit it to a binary choice of "the great system of 12" or "the bad system of 1 judge" ?
    Please inform us what the best system is.  We can all tell you are dying to tell us.
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