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I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Just wondered how many of us have completed Jury Service here and what were your thoughts? I'm on it this week and it is the most mind numbingly boring experience in the world! I've wasted all day sitting in a room and didn't even get on a case Although it has given me the opportunity to knuckle down on my certifications lol.
I was actually selected once for pretrial interviews on a DUI case. I was the seventh person from a pool of 20 prospective jurors to be questioned, and after watching the previous six jurors be questioned, wasn't in the mood to be manipulated into the answers they wanted to hear.
The prosecutor asked, "Do you know anyone that's been killed by a drunk driver?"
My response: "Yes, I do, and you know what? It's a damn shame we have to use the phrases "drunk driver" and "repeat offender" in the same sentence."
The defense attorney asked, "So Mr. Simmons, how much credit do you give in-car cameras?"
My response: "A lot more credit than I give slimy attorneys that are obviously going to try to get their client off on some outlandish technicality."
Needless to say, I was released with a "Thank you for your time, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."
The case in question resulted in the idiot defendant being acquitted because they got a "fair and impartial" jury.
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"fair and impartial" is the legal term for "gullible and easily swayed by irrelevant emotional arguments."
On the other hand, my lady reported dutifully to jury duty 14 weeks ago, and was surprised to find herself selected for the Grand Jury. After conversations with the judge, she was also appointed Foreman, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She's an extremely bright gal, and wouldn't have lasted a minute in a standard jury duty interview, but the Grand Jury is an entirely different item. She reports that her fellow jurors, with two exceptions, were also a cut above the herd, and all worked hard to ensure that the cops did their homework properly before letting a True Bill get to the trial courts. I think I'd enjoy that experience!
wasn't in the mood to be manipulated into the answers they wanted to hear
That's how I always am whenever I have to sit at the court house waiting for my jury pool group to get called in. But the past several times, I've been in the group that gets excused right away. One of these days, I hope I can get honors of giving both attorneys snide answers to their stupid questions...
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Yep - same as Roger and Farang - two days sitting in a room twiddling my thumbs, then allowed to go home on the grounds that we weren't needed - an earlier case was overrunning estimates. At least they paid for time and travel expenses, and gave a food / drink allowance. Not generous, but not too shabby either.
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I was summoned and sat on a jury 3 years ago. It went to trial, it was much less boring than sitting a room. I didn't want to do it though, I tried to get out, but the state appointed defense attorney and judge didn't reject anyone. One of the charges was trespassing. This is how questioning went:
"Have you ever been a victim of a trespasser?"
"Yes, I have, the cops never showed up. Oh, and also my uncle is on trial for shooting and killing a trespasser."
"In this county?"
"That shouldn't be a problem then."
The first trial lasted one day, I was an alternate and got sent home just before jury deliberation.
The second trial lasted three days, after 1 hour of deliberation we sent an angry a$$hole to jail, a place where he belongs. Funny, even with the suit on he still looked like an angry A-hole, just an angry A-hole with a suit on.