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I was called but in the end I didn't have to. The following month they called on my sis who was going to be giving birth to my nephew when they wanted her so she couldn't go.
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In ten years I have only been selected just once. I believe it was for a medical malpractice case. I simply told them that due to the fact I have many nurses and other family members in the medical field (which is true) I felt that I would be very biased towards doctors than a person who could be looking for a money grab. Let me off the hook with a disgusted look.
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No, but I imagine that I will be at some point in the future.
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I've been summoned many times for the cattlecall, actually impaneled and went through voir dire (that's when the lawyers ask prospective jurors questions to winnow them down) about four times, and served on a jury twice.

One was theft. Over and done in a day; we had a verdict in twenty minutes, and most of that was chit chat. I don't even know why they went to trial.

Second was murder. That took several days, and it was hard. We returned a not guilty after about six hours. Not because we thought the guy was an upstanding citizen, but because the prosecution's case was shit. The victim's mother screamed when the verdict was read. I'll remember that sound for the rest of my life.

Just know that real life is nothing like Law & Order or CSI. Juries sometimes have a lot less actual information to go on than they'd like.
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Jecht67 wrote:

No, but if I were selected for Jury Duty, then everything that may not be directly intentional or every victimless crime( such as drug related crimes) I would vote not guilty. Everyone who deliberately stole, assaulted, etc i'd vote guilty.


You know, you're not the only person on the jury.

Just because you're selected for jury duty doesn't mean you will serve on a jury. You're put in a pool and if your number is selected you're put into jury selection. And then they'll weed out people who would be unbiased to the case. For example I was in jury selection where there was a black man on trial for assault. One guy stood up and pretty much hinted he was racist. He was sent home right then and there.
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NeutralNoob wrote:

How can you be chosen for jury duty?


Usually, if you're over the age of 18, have a documented residence, a citizen of the United States and are not a felon - you can randomly be selected to take part in jury duty.
Often enough, most aren't actually chosen for jury duty past the first day (as there can only be 12 on a jury, maximum, and there are as many as 50-60 that were selected to be interviewed before chosen for the jury).


That's pretty much been my experience--In our state, "One day or one trial" is common, ie., if you don't even get out of the green-room (after four to six hours) to make the auditions for one trial, you're off the hook until the next time your name comes up.
Had that twice, and it's pretty much something you're glad to be the bridesmaid on and never the bride.
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No, but I would love to do it. Sitting in judgement of strangers is a hobby of mine anyways.
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Hey I got that exact one in the mail. Missed it so I'll be expecting a letter in the mail demanding me to attend the next one
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I got selected once but the way things shook out my day ended up falling on the 4th of July so I got to stay home.

It sounds kinda interesting but I don't think I'd really want to go through the trouble so I was more than fine with the result.
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Jecht67 wrote:

No, but if I were selected for Jury Duty, then everything that may not be directly intentional or every victimless crime( such as drug related crimes) I would vote not guilty. Everyone who deliberately stole, assaulted, etc i'd vote guilty.


They probably will disqualify you during the interview anyway.

I'm planning to do something similar if i was selected. I would tell them that any person got caught and put on trial to me is guilty on the get go and the trial is a waste of tax payers' money!. I'll be the most biased juror in the group so they would disqualify me and do not call on me again. I'm on the phone 8-10 hour a day listening to people whine so i'll not do something similar for minimum wage.


speaking of which-- this is why you have to respond and provide a reason why you can't come

Nearly 50 must explain why they didn't show up for jury duty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayxeQz-cIH0


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I was selected last year but the case ended up being dropped and I never actually had to go.
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I was chosen for a stupid case where a lady fell in the restroom of a grocery store and sued. It was pretty obvious that she didn't have a case but the lawyer for the grocery store was a bit condescending. All of us in the jury felt he was a douche so we ruled in favor of the lady. Lesson to be learned: don't be a jerk to people .
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No, but I would love to do it. Sitting in judgement of strangers is a hobby of mine anyways.


In the old days, when ancient Athens first invented "democratic" trial-by-jury, jury duty was voluntary, and anyone with a social conscience who had the day free could sign up to sit in.
After a while, it pretty well became clear that the most frequent people who were volunteering were old retired geezers who had the day free, and needed the money (a coin and two olives).

In "The Wasps", Aristophanes satirizes the image, in the character of one old busybody who confesses he's addicted to jury duty--"Nothing starts the day like a good guilty verdict!"
His good, responsible son tries to break the addiction with various reasons of argument: In one, he points out how much income the state generates from taxes, tributes and other tariffs...And how much does the state pay its citizen for one day's participation in the democratic system? A coin and two olives--Gee, can they spare it??
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I was selected twice. Both times I had the excuse for me being in college. I got one when I was a freshman and a junior in college. My mom also got selected 2 or 3 times. Each time she lost money. Between parking and lunch (that they didn't pay for) she ended up losing money. Plus her work doesn't pay for jury duty so she lost out on money working too.
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Got one before but was never actually called up to do anything
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