Ever served on a jury?

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  1. RexChapmanFan

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    Just served for 9 days on a civil trial jury and it was quite interesting. Things that surprised me in ways I didn't expect:

    1. Doctors will often simply give an opinion on a matter in favor of the party (plaintiff or defendant) who is paying them, regardless of truth. Actually seems a common practice.

    2. Judges can be quite incompetent and irresponsible (literally falling asleep during proceedings).

    3. The jury is not well informed on the true statement of the law they are trying to uphold. In my case, the judge read us the relevant law in effect and actually wrongly included large chunks he should not.have. Confusing.

    4. Jury deliberation would seem wildly difficult in a criminal trial with 12 jury members. How do you get 12 people.to agree on issues that could result in jail time and /or death.
    A civil trial with 6 jurors in a civil case is tough enough.
     
  2. japanese steel

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    I got served a jury duty notice about 6 years ago in Arizona. I didn't respond to that shit at all. I wanted nothing to do with it and they never bothered me about it.
     
  3. Tankeray

    Tankeray Salvation Denied.

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    never bothered
     
  4. Bargey

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    Expert witnesses. Should be called expert liars since they just cover up their lies with the prefix "in my opinion".
     
  5. ralphc1

    ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    I've been on several juries. Expert witnesses, like consultants, say what whoever is paying them wants them to say.
     
  6. Omegaboy13

    Omegaboy13 Sweepin' Your Leg

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    Oh yeah, about 5 times actually. We did our job, conviction every time.












    J/k by the way.
     
  7. Nonsense

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    I'm a lawyer and have not sat on a jury but participated in jury trials.

    I'm wondering how you can make generalizations about expert witnesses, the competence of judges and the helpfulness of the charge to the jury if the sum total of your experience is ONE jury trial?
     
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    I talk my way out of it. I'm not doing that shit.
     
  9. Omegaboy13

    Omegaboy13 Sweepin' Your Leg

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    Listen man. I've watched a LOT of Law and Order. I think I know how court works.
     
  10. MARTIAN

    MARTIAN Otherworldly Banned

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    I've been summoned but I'm not allowed to serve as a juror
     
  11. MARTIAN

    MARTIAN Otherworldly Banned

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    She's a woman
     
  12. Bargey

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    What was the evidence/s that connected him to the crime?
     
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    I've been on 2 criminal juries. Last one was last summer. I was selected the foreman....and then singlehandedly hung the jury. I was surrounded by idiots.

    One lady actually said the $15 a day was worth it and she didn't mind that we were stuck in pointless deliberation.

    It actually ended 10-2, but for a while was 11-1.
     
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    I was on a criminal trial for 14 counts of lewd act/rape of a achild....
     
  15. ralphc1

    ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    As a hint to those wanting to get out of jury duty, claim some knowledge of what experts might be testifying to. Lawyers don't want anyone on a jury that could discredit their experts.
     
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    Kevin Rudd Banned Banned

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    have you forgotten where you are? This is sherdog, everyone is an expert at everything.
     
  17. Nonsense

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    Hey, fuck you, I'm no sherdog expert.
     
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    I just got a notice yesterday, speaking of the devil. I think i'm going to go.
     
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    MARTIAN Otherworldly Banned

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    Ive never had to face that problem. I'm a cop and officers of the court arent allowed to serve on a jury.

    But I'd imagine just showing up with a Grisham novel would suffice the majority of the time lol
     
  20. Omegaboy13

    Omegaboy13 Sweepin' Your Leg

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    Saw a guy in Florida get in an argument with the judge as they were asking us questions.

    "This guys guilty as hell, just look at him!" (with a very deep southern accent)
    "Judge: Sir I'll ask you to watch your language, and so you know this man is innocent until proven guilty"
    "Not to me"
    "Judge: Would you rather live in a country where you are guilty until proven innocent?"

    (this is a burglary case)

    "Hell yes, you see anyone stealing crap in the Saudi Arabia?"


    To this I busted out laughing. In the middle of my laughter he kicked to guy out of the court room, and then I realized I was the only one chuckling. "Would you like to be excused to sir!?" I just couldn't stop chuckling, one of those moments where I had the giggles, and he kicked me out too. Not my finest hour.
     

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