Jury Duty

I'm bummed, I have jury duty Monday. I really wouldn't mind being on a jury except for a few reasons.. It's the first day of summer session. It's compulsory. It's a form of indentured servitude. and most importantly, I really believe much of the laws in existence now are unjust. Oh well, I'll go, and try to avoid getting charged with contempt.

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Kiteman9 years ago
There are, I believe, ways and means of getting off. Don't they interview prospective jurors to select a "fair" jury in the US?

Try exhibiting wildly-biased opinions when they quiz you - hang all jay-walkers, chain women to the kitchen sink, <ethnic group X> are all criminals etc. Play it right, you could be home before the rest of them walk into the court.

I've never done jury duty myself, which is a good thing - there are certain classes of criminal I'd be too likely to dish out instant justice to, rather than wait for the lawyers to finish playing trumps with technicalities.
Tool Using Animal (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
he problem with that is you tread the thin line between getting out of jury duty and going to jail for contempt for trying to get out of jury duty. I'm going to tell the truth, I spent five years working in the same building as the Mounted Patrol, I'll follow the judges instructions up to the point that they conflict with my conscience, and I don't believe that a conviction can be made without concrete physical evidence, testimony and eyewitness accounts are not good enough to send someone to prison. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.;-)
Then don't complain about jury duty We tried to bail you out but someone doesn't want to be forced to say their racist
Baron A Kiteman9 years ago
LMFAO are all criminals
...hang all jay-walkers... LOL!

But a great idea nonetheless!
i seem to recall a story about a german who did that to avoid serving in the army. he originally planned to build a canoe though.
caitlinsdad9 years ago
Pretty anticlimatic but here is how it went down: Got there early to get breakfast at a nearby shop because you don't know when you will get a chance to eat or be able to go out. I had packed a few days worth of newspapers I haven't gotten a chance to read, the free daily papers I picked up at the subway entrance, a book and a writing pad to keep occupied. They said Wifi was available but what good is it when the laptop battery is only good for a few hours and you can't plug in. Got at the courthouse 8AM early to get pass the security check. Make sure your pants don't drop when you need to take off your belt going through the metal detector. Summons was to be there at 8:30. Clerk came in around 8:50 to show us a movie made with taxpayer money on how jury duty works. Ed Bradley and Diane Saywer from TV journalism fame narrated. It did show US legal system is based on English legal system and we screwed it for the King by messing up his expected outcome with Peter Zenger on trial for freedom of the press. "You cannot hang the jury." It did have a cool scene of "trial by ordeal-drowning". The clerk then started grouping us by people with different reasons to be excused. Yes, everyone looked at the group that got up when the clerk said "If you do not speak English go to the second door on my left..., and If you have been convicted of a felony..." I do not know why they got grouped together. I fell into the parents group caring for children under 14. It seems every county clerk has to be a warm-up comedian. We get herded into another room to have a clerk give a lecture on that you may be a hardship case but that only gets you a postponement to serve if you provide the proper proof for your excuse. I was ready to serve and get it over with since I had already rescheduled everything to be there. I could return back to the central waiting room. So it was wait, wait, wait. Around noon I was getting hungry and decided it might be a good time to sign out to go get lunch. Then the ominous voice over the loudspeaker announced my name with a bunch of others. We get herded into the next room. Yay, we were getting out release papers. I didn't even get a chance to get grilled by lawyers. So, hopefully they shouldn't call me back until it is 6 to 8 years. Unless you volunteer.
Tool Using Animal (author)  caitlinsdad9 years ago
LOL, just like my experiance, sit sit sit leave.
caitlinsdad9 years ago
It is my turn on the morrow. I think is is criminal court.

We will deal out justice the Instructables way, because that's how we roll... sound too rough?

No way out...I post my story in the evening.
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