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    What do people think about this?

    Does anyone take it seriously or is it part of the hassle of living in a Constitution-based federal republic?
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    Just as William F. Buckley, Jr. said, "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University," I would rather my fate be decided by my fellow citizens, least common denominator be damned.

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    THIS IS SO WEIRD.

    I just got a summons in the mail today!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    What do people think about this?

    Does anyone take it seriously or is it part of the hassle of living in a Constitution-based federal republic?
    I would consider jury duty an honor. I've never been invited to jury duty, though my husband has been twice. Now that my kids are older, I wouldn't mind at all, but I can imagine how difficult it would have been when I had small children at home.

    Love that quote, htb!

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    they won't let me do jury duty in my home town because I used to work for both the prosecutor and the judge. I guess I'll never get jury duty since I'm going into law enforcement after graduating *sigh* sadly, I always thought that it sounded fun!
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    I've served at least twice. The first day or so it's interesting. After that it's plain onerous. When called, I serve, but I hope I don't get called. Honestly, I don't know how the judges, lawyers and defendants can stand it. Jury selection is a very boring process. I've never gotten past that point. Recently I was called to serve on Dec. 31st, 2007. We were all excused.

    My next door neighbor proudly became an American citizen 10 ten years ago.
    Within a few months, she was called to serve on a grand jury, which required her to miss a day of work every week for a year. It was a murder trial which she found very interesting.

    But jury selection. Oh my Gosh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    THIS IS SO WEIRD.
    I just got a summons in the mail today!!!
    Ivy's living out a Tale From The Darkside. (eep)

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    I actually would like to be on a jury.
    But I always get cut.
    There is no way I will ever get selected.

    And mostly it's a waste of time. The whole process is geared to pick people who are likely to have the opinion the better-paid and more talented lawyer(s) wants them to have... so what's the point anyway?

    A true "trial by peers" does not exist anymore. When the law was created, didn't it mean a group of "peers who knew you," because you were all in the same town, and so they could vouch for your character and make a reasonable and fair decision?
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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    What do people think about this?

    Does anyone take it seriously or is it part of the hassle of living in a Constitution-based federal republic?
    I think it doesn't really matter... a judge who's attended law school is just as well equipped to give punishment as a jury of less educated citizens. They would probably be more fair due to understanding the spirit of the legal issues better, actually.

    However, since it's the law, you should participate in a jury if you are summoned unless you have a valid exemption. (Regardless of your opinions about the appropriateness of most juries for trying crimes fairly.)

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    I suspect jury duty is the reason lots of people don't vote -- they don't want their minds numbed by soap operas all day. That's why the courts are so screwed up.

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