Anyone here ever weaseled out of jury duty?

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  1. pscoop

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    I got summoned for the first time ever, and I REALLY don't want to do it. I know, I know it's my civic duty and blah blah blah. Sadly I would rather just go to work, or even better stay home.

    Has anyone avoided getting picked?
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

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    I did. I went to the first day, when they were picking people to do it, and it happened to be a case about a DUI. They asked certain questions to the potential jurors.

    I told them I had a previous DUI, and I also told them I was friends with some of the local cops, possibly with the cop that made the arrest. Both true, but also both things that would make me inappropriate for this particular case.

    I didn't even realize at the time why they didn't pick me until I thought about it. If you want to get out of it, just tell them things that give you a personal bias one way or the other, or both.

    Or cough a lot, or act like a nutter.
     
  3. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    i reported to jury duty once only to be informed at the last moment the case had been thrown out because of a problem with the evidence or something.
     
  4. Sentinel

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    I am a law clerk for a circuit court judge and we have jury trials almost every week. There are ways to guarantee that you don't get picked and I am sure that you can figure them out. There usually isn't a way that you don't have to show up for the selection process though. If you try to skip, the judges will get pissed and issue a bench warrant for you and then fine you big time.

    It is your civic duty sir (and it really isn't all that bad to be on a jury, it can actually be kind of fun depending on the case).
     
  5. pscoop

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    Yeah my wife tried to tell to ignore it. I told her with my luck I would get in trouble. MegaMoonMan's situation does sound similar to mine. I have a cousin on the Police Force and a family friend. Does this possibly exclude me.

    I get your drift there... :wink: 
     
  6. MegaMoonMan

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    You won't know that until you show up. Like it was mentioned, there's no way to skip out of the first day without taking a big risk, as far as I know.
     
  7. pscoop

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    I believe me, with my luck I absolutely plan on showing up tomorrow. I just can't afford to be picked. My job will not pay me if I get selected and the $12 a day the court pays is a joke.
     
  8. Foster

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    I'd do it if it were a capital offense like arson or murder. Something interesting like that. Maybe kiddy porn. But DUI? Yawn. I'd try and not get picked for that.
     
  9. Jux

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    I'm part of the system, which means I'll likely never have to serve on a jury.
     
  10. drippy

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    I wish my employer reimbursed me for any time spent on jury duty. I don't get paid.

    I would LOVE to be a part of it.
     
  11. Bryan

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    I got called, but I was in Iraq. My wife called them and explained it, but I still received a letter a few weeks later that notified me I could be charged for failure to appear.

    Go government!

    Seriously, though, if you want to avoid showing up at all you oughta just call and say you're your father, and that your son (you) is overseas.
     
  12. Random Autobot

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    Just say you're prejudiced against all races.
     
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    Just tell the judge you have to go look at live stock for you your Santeria ritual at midnight.
     
  14. Brandon

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    I got called once and had to go in, but I never got to the selection process. We just waited in a room for three hours and then got told that the case was settled so I went home. On the plus side I got out of work for the day.
     
  15. unicron's blues

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    I got a jury duty summons a few years back, they sent it to a very old address of mine but it was close enough to my current one that I still got it, funny thing is, with my job a lot of times we say we're calling about jury duty(we usually do skiptraces and things of that nature) to get information, my boss being a former cop said not to worry about it though so I didnt.
     
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    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Damnit I wish i could go through Jury Duty,Heh It's a Get out of "Work Free Card".
     
  17. alphie

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    Keg got summoned twice for jury duty. The first time, one of the questions asked was: "What do you think of the elderly?" Kev said: "I think they're really bad drivers and should stay off the road." He didn't get picked. The second time, he waited and waited till somebody finally told him to just go home.
     
  18. Foster

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    So you just have to tell them what you really think about people? Oh, then that's easy! I do that constantly. I would have added that the elderly mostly smell like pee and drone on and on about how things used to be.
     
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    I'm finding the best way to avoid jury duty is to actually want to be in a jury. It's like they go out of their way to pick people that don't want to do it.
     
  20. Altercron

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    Ive always been told the best way is to say you are prejudice against whatever race the defendant is. Now if he is the same race as you, you've got some explaining to do...
     

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