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Old 12-03-2008, 09:21 AM
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I just received a visit from the sheriff informing me that I am called to jury duty. Normally I wouldn't mind but they day I am called to show up to court is the day that I am scheduled to be in Colombia. The week after that I am scheduled to be in Egypt where I am the organizer of a seminar. Does anyone know if they give any flexibility for pre-commitments? I have a pretty good chunk of change already spent on my airline tickets.

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:29 AM
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I do not know about your area but my sister is a teacher and they let her reschedule for the summer so that she does not miss work.
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The Sheriff came to see you just to say you were on the list? If that's the case, I would assume that your county is small enough such that you could just call the Clerk of Court (or whoever it indicates on your notice) and ask them.
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You should be able to petition the court via the Circuit or Clerk of Court's office, via written letter, explaining why you wish to be excused. The Judge will likely grant you the excuse. I have to do this almost every January, because I too travel extensively in my work. If I am home, then I serve. Sitting on a Jury is a very eye opening experience, and I am not referring to the criminals/crime.


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The last time I had jury duty I was scheduled off work to go fishing ( not out of town ). I just went online and booked a room out of state and call the clerk and told them I was going on vacation that week. They made me fax them the reservation reciept from the hotel. After that I cancelled the room and went fishing.
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Around here you only get to be excused once. They really don't give you much of a hard time about that from what I hear. Luckily I haven't been called to duty. When I do I plan to be thrown out quickly.
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Thanks guys. The clerk said to have my boss fax a letter and proof of flights. It doesn't seem to be too big of a deal.

Big Al, I actually would like to go through the expererience just to see how these things work. I have fought some traffic tickets and sat in court for 1/2 day to do so. The whole process is eye opening. Especially the way the attorneys and public defenders cut deals and such.
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Sitting on a Jury is a very eye opening experience, and I am not referring to the criminals/crime.



I have no idea how the system works but I got put on the list of possible jurors for crimes head in Superior Court. I got called many times, never been seated. Every case was rape and/or murder. The first thing the judge asks the panel of 50 perspective jurors is if anyone had been called as a juror before and not seated. If one person says yes, the entire panel of 50 perspective jurors is dismissed.

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I gotta admit though when I saw the sherif at the door I thought "Oh crap what did I do". He must have a video of me driving 80+ mph the other day and he has come for me. LOL.
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I gotta admit though when I saw the sherif at the door I thought "Oh crap what did I do". He must have a video of me driving 80+ mph the other day and he has come for me. LOL.
Nah, I refused to give him that video.

But, the OTHER video............

The eye opening part for me is the jury itself. Scary, scary, scary that some of these people can ever get impaneled.


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Just walk in and ask, "Yall ready to hang someone?" or anything racial ... I would guess that would get you out of it. . .
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Just wear a stop snitching shirt and a do-rag-you'll be home in no time...

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If you have any sense at all the lawyers will dismiss you evertime.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:59 AM
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Our County Clerk stated recently in the news paper that warrants would be going out to those who did not show up to their "appointed" court date for possible duty. I doubt that if they will put people in jail BUT, they want you to at least show up. If you have an excuse, tha's different, but they can't even get people to be on the jury pool. I bet they are loving the possibility of setting an example by serving someone and making 'em bow down to the judge with their tail between legs.........lawyers are yahoos !!!!!!
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KJS - 12/3/2008 12:41 PM

Thanks guys. The clerk said to have my boss fax a letter and proof of flights. It doesn't seem to be too big of a deal.

Big Al, I actually would like to go through the expererience just to see how these things work. I have fought some traffic tickets and sat in court for 1/2 day to do so. The whole process is eye opening. Especially the way the attorneys and public defenders cut deals and such.
And get paid $15.00 a day for your service. That is what my mom got in California.
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The last time I was called for jury duty I responded that I own my own business, have no employees and the possibility of extended duty would be a hardship. They excused me.

Three years ago I decided to comply. This is in Orange County, FL (Orlando). The initial pool was several hundred. I was among a group of 25 that were led to a court room to be questioned by the Prosecutor and Defense Attorney. The accused was also in the courtroom. I found the tactics by both very interesting. When they asked me about whether an accused should be prosecuted if only a minute amount of marijuana was found, I stated no and was immediately given the boot. Of course, I had no information about the case at the time. Turns out the guy had a lengthy record, including the kidnapping of his son against a restraining order, multiple domestic violence and DUI's.

The defense attorney was trying to figure out to what extent the jurors would take the police's word. He used a basketball analogy, as he was a pretty tall african american. He asked a juror if he would believe the attorney's high school coach if he state the attorney had scored 30 points in a game. He kept increasing the amount to determine when the juror would call BS.
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The eye opening part for me is the jury itself. Scary, scary, scary that some of these people can ever get impaneled.
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This reminds me. Last week I went up to the gas station to get some BG products. One was 12 dollars and the other 18 dollars. The kid behind the counter who looked and acted very normal......could not add it. He stumbled for a second and then he got the calculator out and started pecking on it, finally the lady manager (his mom I think) came out and took over. The tax thing was really going to throw him for a loop.
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Call them and tell them you've been convicted of a felony, and cannot serve.
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KJS - 12/3/2008 10:59 AM

This reminds me. Last week I went up to the gas station to get some BG products. One was 12 dollars and the other 18 dollars. The kid behind the counter who looked and acted very normal......could not add it. He stumbled for a second and then he got the calculator out and started pecking on it, finally the lady manager (his mom I think) came out and took over. The tax thing was really going to throw him for a loop.
Had a high school aged girl working the register at a burger joint that could not calculate change from a twenty when the register malfunctioned. After about a minute of her trying to do it with pencil and paper, I told her the correct change amount. She then got a handheld calculator and STILL could not work it out. I repeated to her what the amount should be. She then went and got the manager who promptly gave me my change.

I was on a jury a few years later with this same burger-clerk.

She could not recall the series of events as presented at trial, and would argue with the whole panel that we were all recalling it incorrectly and that she had it right. Scary fuggin stuff.


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