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Old 01-11-2022, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default Jury Duty - If you have a way out, do you take it?

I am just curious, I have not been summoned for JD. If you have a way out of jury duty, would you take it when you otherwise could be there but you just don't want to go? If you salary is covered at work, you have childcare, everything is taken care of...would you still use an exemption to get out?

Personally I want to go. If I could make it work, I would want to go.
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Old 01-11-2022, 10:46 PM   #2
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No I would not take the way out even though I do have legitimate health issues I am currently serving on a jury starting Tuesday that will last up to 3 weeks. I think serving on a jury is really interesting.


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Old 01-11-2022, 10:47 PM   #3
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Go ahead and go. In my past experiences, during the vetting process, my conservative values have kept me from getting selected and I get dismissed.
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Old 01-11-2022, 10:49 PM   #4
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You should not skirt your duty to serve as a juror. If you have legitimate reasons, fine. But what if you were on the other side? Wouldn’t you want a jury of your peers?
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Old 01-11-2022, 10:54 PM   #5
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You should not skirt your duty to serve as a juror. If you have legitimate reasons, fine. But what if you were on the other side? Wouldnít you want a jury of your peers?
Good point and heck yeah I want a jury of my peers, but as mentioned previously, my peers may all get dismissed hahaha.
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Old 01-11-2022, 10:58 PM   #6
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With no direct cost to you, and kids/other covered, you should absolutely do it because once you do you will realize its not a jury of your peers, and if you ever found yourself in the defendant chair you would really want folks like most of you on your jury.

I was on a murder trial in the mid 90s. The trial itself was fascinating, the guy was guilty as hell of a horrific murder (stabbed a guy 17 times with butcher knife, broke the handle off in process, and lit him on fire while he was still alive).

But the jury was made up of all kinds of folks, several of which did not care what the outcome was, they just wanted out to get back to their lives, mostly because it was costing hourly workers or self employed folks money they did not have. I was fortunate that my company was paying my time so that was not an issue. I would like to think I would have still be driven to do the right thing even if that wasnt the case but I could feel for those losing money being there.

Because it was pretty much an open and shut case it started with jury selection on Monday, trial on Tue, sentencing was on Friday. The process was really interesting start to finish. The guy got 65 years I think.
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Old 01-11-2022, 11:00 PM   #7
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Do it in a minute..
I've only been called, once in my life.
Even then, I got rejected cause I was a full time student.
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Old 01-11-2022, 11:20 PM   #8
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I would go. Ive been called once then they released us all after an hour or so of sitting around.
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Old 01-11-2022, 11:21 PM   #9
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Iíve never been summoned.

I would do it in a heartbeat.

I doubt I would get selected due to my political stance and career.


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Old 01-11-2022, 11:42 PM   #10
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What career would that be that they would pump the brakes?
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Old 01-12-2022, 12:21 AM   #11
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I go every time - and I’ve been summoned a handful of times. Only served once on a burglary case. Very interesting process and I view it as the duty of a citizen who is able to do it.
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Old 01-12-2022, 01:46 AM   #12
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I have been summoned maybe six or seven times. I have served on a federal jury trial for a lawsuit, a state trial for a misdemeanor assault and a state trial for felony possession of drugs.

And yes I would go again….
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Old 01-12-2022, 02:10 AM   #13
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Go ahead and go. In my past experiences, during the vetting process, my conservative values have kept me from getting selected and I get dismissed.
Same here, got called a couple years ago. It was really interesting, the FBI had caught this guy out in Seguin with a bunch of kiddie **** on his laptop. During the vetting process I didnít hold back when I was asked what I thought of the guy. Noticed the defense attorney put a big X on my name after that lol.
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Old 01-12-2022, 04:29 AM   #14
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No I would not take the way out even though I do have legitimate health issues I am currently serving on a jury starting Tuesday that will last up to 3 weeks. I think serving on a jury is really interesting.


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Old 01-12-2022, 04:37 AM   #15
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I’ve been summoned at least a dozen times. Never picked.
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Old 01-12-2022, 05:19 AM   #16
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We say a jury is complied of 12 people not smart enough to get out of it. I sit on the other side a few times a year. This year will be once a month I'm sure due to the pile of subpoenas I have.

It's not uncommon to see jurors half asleep, counting the ceiling tiles or braiding their hair while in the box

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Old 01-12-2022, 05:32 AM   #17
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A good American would not try and get out of it
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:20 AM   #18
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I glady serve.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:23 AM   #19
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I was in a summoned and they used zoom for the initial group and jury selection. Those selected would go in to the court when the case was tried. Ive been on 2 or 3 jurys. All were interesting cases.
Zoom worked really well in my opinion. Fill out a form on line, and if you get a notice you log in, then listen. You can cover your camera unless you get called to question.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:31 AM   #20
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I've been called up several times.
1) told the boss, drove to the jury parking lot and was greeted by deputy who said my number was not needed and I could leave. I would think they should know that way in advance so as not to waste MY time.
2) Made it to the final round of a trial (girl suing parents, dad running for county office) and we waited around ALL DAY, then at the end, the court steward came out and told us that a 'mistrial' was declared and we were all dismissed. Turns out that was the THIRD time the exact same scenario had played out. Again, a huge waste of people's time.
I did not earn any $$ that day.

The jury system is good, but there are too many sleazy lawyers.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:42 AM   #21
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Iíve never been summoned.

I would do it in a heartbeat.

I doubt I would get selected due to my political stance and career.


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Don't let that fool you Steph.
I'm a conservative safety man in the trucking business. I've been selected on 4 juries, and one of those was a vehicle accident between a car and truck.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:43 AM   #22
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I go and answer all questions. Never been picked.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:53 AM   #23
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I served once, 5 days on a drug dealer, guy was making crack and selling it. 80 years, his third or fourth offense.

During that selection process one guy interrupted the process and said he wanted to make a statement. He stood up and said that we should just kill him, he’s a drug dealer, why waste time, take him out now and kill him…needless to say he was not selected.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:56 AM   #24
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I have zero respect for anyone that would actively try to get out of their civic duty. I have only been chosen once. It was a murder trial but after sitting in the jury room an entire day we were dismissed because they could not get one of the key witnesses out of the federal pen in a timely manner and the trial was postponed for 6 months.

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Old 01-12-2022, 07:00 AM   #25
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I have served on a jury for both criminal and civil cases in Houston years ago. Criminal was found guilty and given max sentence, civil plaintiff was not awarded anything.


I have been called several times since but never been selected. Go do it. We have a duty and can't complain about crime if we aren't willing to participate in the system. It isn't a perfect system but I would say it's the best there is.
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:11 AM   #26
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To serve on an jury is everyone’s duty and a privilege, that people do not have in places like communist china.
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:15 AM   #27
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No, I don’t have a legitimate reason to be excused. With the discount coupons (plea deals) they hand out like candy, probably don't even get to the trial anyway.


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Old 01-12-2022, 07:18 AM   #28
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No, I go every time. Too many ****ty ppl donít show up and those are the ones that you would never want deciding your case. Iíll show up and normally get sent but but I did it. I was a foreman on a week long trial in Dallas. Actually pretty interesting.


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Old 01-12-2022, 07:19 AM   #29
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I wouldn't skirt it, but I don't shed a tear when I don't get picked. Jury of my peers is a bit disingenuous. Jury of whoever the lawyers could pick that best helped their case is more like it.
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:25 AM   #30
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Been summoned a few times, selected once. First case was two Mexicans stabbing each other. Come trial time they couldn’t be found. Imagine that !

Second case was Father accused ex of having sex with her 17 year old stepson. She had a lawyer that ran rings around our hick DA and a mistrial was declared. I was glad because the little bastage was sitting over there smirking most of the time and I guarantee he was no child. He knew exactly what he did and was probably bragging to his buddies about it.

So, actually everyone’s time was wasted except the accused and the accuser, but I don’t regret serving and have always just let the chips fall when summoned.
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:27 AM   #31
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Go if possible
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Old 01-12-2022, 07:35 AM   #32
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Been summoned once and got picked. We convicted a pedophile in about 5 minutes. The judge gave him 60 years without the possibility of parole. I actually enjoyed it, and would’ve given that SOB the death penalty if it had been up to me.
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Old 01-12-2022, 08:02 AM   #33
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Summoned and went in a handful of times. Served on two trials, one for 4 days and the other for 9. If it wasn't for the hassle of driving into downtown Houston I don't mind. People watching and listening to the ridiculous questions and answers is the best part.
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Old 01-12-2022, 08:11 AM   #34
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I’m going the end of this month. I work a very busy job but I want to serve. Last time I got summoned, it was settled and dismissed on selection day. Pretty wild listening to lawyers go back and forth right in front of everyone.
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Old 01-12-2022, 08:16 AM   #35
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Did it once before I was married and had special needs son. I’m his primary care giver so no, I will never go to downtown Houston again for jury duty.
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Old 01-12-2022, 08:53 AM   #36
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a jury trial is one of the blessings of a free country. When one thinks about he could have been born somewhere else on the planet where jury trial by peers is not the case, the fear of being wrongly arrested by the gustoppo and imprisoned is real.

In an age where people in our great country little by little give away their freedoms for the sake of feeling safer about things, the complacency of attitude grows until men will give away their rights to an impartial trial or even their guns and right for personal protection.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:13 AM   #37
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The last time my dad was summoned it was something like challenging a traffic citation, or something to do with driving. He got called in to interview and they asked him if he had any immediate conflicts with the case. Well it turned out of the two cops that were being challenged, one had his daughter taking volleyball lessons from him and the other cop my dad had known from the dinosaur days. Needles to say, the defense immediately sent him home. On the way out he waived at the cops and said "see you tomorrow" hahaha.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:31 AM   #38
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Absolutely I would go do my duty if at all possible. I have gone several times even federal but never selected. My wife on the other hand has been on a few. She is a school teacher and I think they like having them on the jury.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:00 AM   #39
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I’m on the opposite of most folks here, if I can get out of it (legitimately) I’m not going. I have other responsibilities that don’t go away if I’m missing work, therefore it puts a huge extra burden on me. Maybe one day I’ll be the one needing a jury, but I still wouldn’t blame folks for getting out.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:08 AM   #40
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I’ve been picked several times and am happy to serve but my brother ran a small business that he couldn’t even take a day away from.
When they asked about prejudging guilt he would say… “ you wouldn’t have indicted him if he weren’t guilty” always got him out.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:13 AM   #41
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:22 AM   #42
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It is our civic duty to serve when called.

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Old 01-12-2022, 10:29 AM   #43
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I would serve on it because if I found myself in the situation where I was relying on honest level thinking peers that they would show up.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:54 AM   #44
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I just got my summons for Montgomery County for Jan. 31st. I go every time I've been called. Been picked only once and the defendant never showed.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:54 AM   #45
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You should not skirt your duty to serve as a juror. If you have legitimate reasons, fine. But what if you were on the other side? Wouldnít you want a jury of your peers?
X2 I happen to enjoy it
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Old 01-12-2022, 11:08 AM   #46
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I was sent notice to be chosen for a jury a few years ago, the guy on trial had an interpreter. I asked the judge/court if the guy on trial was an illegal, the judge said it shouldn't matter.....I said it does matter to me. He asked why, I told him that if he is here illegally he needs to be deported back to Mexico and dropped out of a plane at a high rate of speed (it was a rape case). The judge then asked the rest of the people that were there if it mattered to them, all but about 2-3 people raised their hands.....he had to clear the panel and get the next batch of people in there.
That being said, I think you should be on a jury if you qualify, but I also don't believe in wasting tax-payer dollars.
Illegals------deport at a high rate of speed
Video proof you did it-----why even waste the time, go to jail.
Temporary insanity cases------really?
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Old 01-12-2022, 11:10 AM   #47
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I actually enjoyed the times I got picked to be on a jury . They were short trials but very eye opening .
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Old 01-12-2022, 11:46 AM   #48
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I get called yearly for the local, have yet to sit on a a jury though. Got a summons for Federal for this week actually but I got out of it for the simple reason that you had to be available close to 2 hours away for 5 days. I am a single Mom with no family close by. I have to drop the kid at school by 7:30 and pick her up at 5:30. Cant drop her off and still make the 2 hour drive and get there by 8am... If it was local I would have done it in a heart beat
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Old 01-12-2022, 12:42 PM   #49
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I was foreman on a federal case once on a gun related question. It was good that I was there to make sure a drug dealer got his minimum mandatory extra five years!
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Old 01-12-2022, 12:46 PM   #50
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Personally, I think the whole process it interesting. Iíve been picked 4 times for juryís. 3 criminal, one civil. Iíd do it again.

Now, sittin in the court house all day and not gettin picked really sux.
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