Jury Duty

I went down to the county courthouse to do my time.

Didn’t get picked so I’m on standby this week.

I was torn between wanting to avoid the whole thing and hoping for a good drug case so I could be Jury Nullification Man!

Like most things government, the whole process was slow and boring. Sometimes I think the whole justice system could be handed over to a UNIX script with a lottery subroutine. Input your “facts” roll for initiative and tack on a 1 in 45 million chance to win a million dollars.

I doubt it would be much worse than the “justice” illusion we have now.

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11 Responses to Jury Duty

  1. Braden Lynch says:

    I have my jury duty coming up. After having served on a month long murder trial, I can advocate for professional jurorsm, if we could ever get that in place here. Less wasted time for a lot of people and probably better results.

  2. Bubblehead Les says:

    Do you get to carry in the Courthouse? If they say “NO”, then I’d try to get out of it. Just think of it, there you are, trapped in a building crawling with Criminals, and then you have to sit on a Jury in the exact same room with all those Vile, Evil Lawyers!

  3. alan says:

    I don’t get to carry in the courthouse. Of course cops, judges and any criminal that wanted to can.

    The “no guns allowed” sign only applies to the law abiding as usual.

  4. bluesun says:

    I’ve got that at the end of August. Kinda looking forward to it, just to see what it’s all like. Civic duty, and whatnot.

  5. Ed Skinner says:

    I was on a DUI jury. The accused had some major attitude but the cops had him for sure. No question. My number was drawn as the “discard” (extra jury member in case someone got sick) so I was excused for the deliberation. The remaining twelve convicted on the lesser of two charges. I would’ve stone-walled for guilty on both.
    Yeah, jury duty can be interesting. (But take a book.)

  6. mike w. says:

    Last time I got called for Jury duty I started filling out the questionnaire, then quickly realized the case in question was one I’d directly worked on in the office. Obviously didn’t get called there.

    Then, I got called up two other times to the courtroom. 1st time I knew the Prosecuting attorney personally, 2nd time I knew the judge. That’ll get you out of actually sitting on a jury almost every time.

  7. storm1911 says:

    I brought along a copy of Atlas Shrugged. I was the first to be let go.

  8. Old NFO says:

    And they didn’t kick you loose as a former military person? That is usually what gets me dismissed out of hand.

  9. Borepatch says:

    I was shocked to find that they don’t want Internet Security folks on the juries.


  10. Jess says:

    I’ve served on a jury. It was a laborious method of bureacratic horse manure.

    I volunteered to be the jury forman, since nobody else seemed to care. In the end, it was a hung jury; even though the defendent admitted to taking prescription drugs and that the drugs affected their driving ability. Some jurors weren’t convinced they were driving under the influence, even after the arresting officer said the defendent couldn’t stay between the ditches and admitted they just left a bar.

    Since then, I moved to a rural area. I know too many people, so the last two times I went to serve, I was culled before noon.

  11. Firehand says:

    Daughter was called a couple of years ago, and actually was looking forward to it. Eliminated right off when they found out
    Father & grandfather in LE and LE-related work,
    Criminal justice classes in college
    For some reason, almost couldn’t get her out fast enough to suit them.

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