L.A. County really, really wants me to report for jury duty

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  1. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    [image=http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/5421/summonsii.png]

    I got that in the mail this past Saturday, after my failure to appear for jury duty many months ago (I forget the date). They're giving me little over 3 weeks (from today, 30 days officially when I got the summons) to respond by either reporting for duty (BOOOO) or phoning in a reason not to attend (of course, they may require me to report anyway. Of all the problems going on out here, they're taking this **** too seriously.


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  2. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    Would advise you to MS Paint that up and at least censor your address. Just sayin'.
  3. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    In all likelihood you'll sit around in a courthouse for a day and not get called for a trial. If you do get called for a trial, you probably won't be picked (statistically). Suck it up. If you can't afford to be off work (I'm guessing Wal-Mart doesn't pay you for jury duty), say so.
  4. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    Don't you get compensated for jury duty? And don't you get paid more than you would at Wal-Mart? :p
  5. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    I'm sure Wally World pays for a day or 2, but I would have to inquire about that. When I do call (at the last possible minute because my middle name is Procrastinator), I will also point out that the courthouse listed on the damn summons (all of them over the past 3 years) is one in Beverly Hills, which would be quite a task for me to get there via public transit.


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  6. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    So? 'It's hard' is not a valid excuse for not doing your civic duty.
  7. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    No, no, not Wally World. I meant the government compensates you.
  8. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Not for the first day it doesn't. And some employers pay for jury duty.
  9. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    True, Marcus. Rather, if I get a live person on the phone (or if I have to show up), I'm going with the truth: I've got very, very little faith in the jury system. History here in L.A. has tainted that view (ie: O.J. Simpson & Robert Blake verdicts).


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  10. somethingfamiliar Jedi Grand Master

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    i heard if you tell them you're a racist they'll let you off
  11. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    You think not guilty verdicts for likely guilty men "taints" the court system? Try the other way around, especially for capital cases.
  12. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    I didn't mean to infer that only those kind of cases (where the guilty get off) taint the system. Far from it.


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  13. Im_just_guessing Jedi Grand Master

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    You probably shouldn't sit on this one, they're more likely to give in if you call them early than if you wait until the last minute.
  14. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    Think about it this way. Suppose you're a good, fair-minded, and ideal juror--the sort that wouldn't make those bad calls that taint the jury system for you. Are you helping things by not serving on a jury?
  15. Master_Jacen Force Ghost

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A_jeCAfn0E not always.
  16. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    Possibly..............but what if I end up in a jury full of people who are so swayed by ridiculousness or straight stupidity? I could get into a shouting match or be so annoyed by them that I would end up getting kicked off the jury, and thus having basically the same effect as if I hadn't been there.


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  17. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    In case you didn't know, jury decisions have to be unanimous on criminal cases. You could hold out and cause a mistrial.
  18. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    I forgot about that. :p :oops:


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  19. solojones Chosen One

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    I had jury duty a few weeks ago. I just sat on the JC the whole time and didn't qualify for anything they were calling people up for because I'm a student. Which begs the question of why they didn't just let me use that as an excuse in the first place.


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  20. PRENNTACULAR VIP

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    I've never been summoned or whatever. I guess I am lucky.

    I do have to spend all day at the DMV next week though. That should be a fun experience.
  21. MrZAP Force Ghost

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    I am jealous of you for being summoned. Not for being summoned in Beverly Hills, mind you.:p Bit I want an opportunity to be a part of legal system in such a way. It's frustrating how so many people seem to be so apathetic about it all that they try to get out of it, especially when you're someone who actually is civic minded.
  22. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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    Because they make you sit there for HOURS while they question each and every prospective juror. You can't read. You can't do anything but sit and listen.
  23. MrZAP Force Ghost

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    Not being able to read would probably be annoying initially, but I'd probably start to have fun listening about people's lives anyway. It might be fascinating.

    I refuse to be swayed on my opinion of the matter. Even if it's annoying for a while it's for the greater good and should not be treated like the way it is.[face_not_talking]
  24. solojones Chosen One

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    It's not that I have no sense of civic duty. I would love to be in a jury if I were at some job where I got paid to be on jury duty and just sat at a desk all day anyway. Right now I'm trying to make connections to get a job, though, so being on a jury for like a month would have been really horrible. Not to mention would destroy my thesis.
  25. MrZAP Force Ghost

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    Having it destroy your thesis I can sympathize with. Not caring unless you're paid I can't.[face_plain]