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18-04-2013, 01:12 PM
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I would believe they would be tempted to disregard my being a jury member if I WANTED to be on it... BUT, I have no idea what the case is about. (I've only made assumptions based on the questions I was asked in that first letter.) I have no idea WHO, WHAT, WHY, etc. I'm simply trying to show I want to be considered.

I like the idea about personally going to see them, because I believe a face-to-face meeting makes an impression (whatever the impression may be, doesn't matter) more so than an impersonal letter.

But they specified that I must WRITE a letter.

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18-04-2013, 01:23 PM
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(18-04-2013 01:12 PM)Peanut Wrote:  I would believe they would be tempted to disregard my being a jury member if I WANTED to be on it... BUT, I have no idea what the case is about. (I've only made assumptions based on the questions I was asked in that first letter.) I have no idea WHO, WHAT, WHY, etc. I'm simply trying to show I want to be considered.

I like the idea about personally going to see them, because I believe a face-to-face meeting makes an impression (whatever the impression may be, doesn't matter) more so than an impersonal letter.

But they specified that I must WRITE a letter.

Usually when you are called for jury duty there are a whole slate of trails so you could be selected for any of them.

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18-04-2013, 06:17 PM (This post was last modified: 18-04-2013 06:24 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: I Need Help Writing a Letter to the Court!
(18-04-2013 01:12 PM)Peanut Wrote:  But they specified that I must WRITE a letter.

Okay then, I'd just make it succinct and to the point.

Dear Clerk of the Court,
I will be unavailable for jury duty on the date of 9 May 2013 due to preplanned out of State travel. Please reschedule me for an alternative date.
Sincerely,
Legume


(18-04-2013 11:35 AM)f stop Wrote:  I've never served on a jury, although I did serve on a Courts Martial while in the military. There are some things on my resume that I think get me off every time.
  • I'm highly educated..Master of Science Degree
  • I've been the victim of a crime (burglary).
  • The Courts Martial thing I mentioned above.
  • My occupation before I retired: Scientist.
I haven't played the atheist card yet. Haven't had to.

Think that's right based on my limited anecdotal evidence, RelativeAperture. I play the atheist card just for my own mischievous entertainment value Evil_monster, but think I'd probably get peremptory challenged anyway. Highly educated individuals are almost always dismissed based on my limited anecdotal observations. Think this is understandable since the lawyers for each side are looking for malleable jurors they can manipulate into buying their arguments irrespective of their soundness or validity. You know who always gets immediately dismissed from what I've observed, other lawyers. Ever heard of a lawyer serving on a jury? Me neither. Big Grin

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18-04-2013, 07:00 PM
RE: I Need Help Writing a Letter to the Court!
(18-04-2013 06:17 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(18-04-2013 01:12 PM)Peanut Wrote:  But they specified that I must WRITE a letter.

Okay then, I'd just make it succinct and to the point.

Dear Clerk of the Court,
I will be unavailable for jury duty on the date of 9 May 2013 due to preplanned out of State travel. Please reschedule me for an alternative date.
Sincerely,
Legume

Thanks, Girly Big Grin I will work with that.

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20-04-2013, 10:06 PM
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Okay. I guess I'm going to go to the court appearance no matter what. I was told, rather unexpectedly, that I MUST tell the person who arranged the trip whether I was going or not by the end of TODAY. Angry

"The fuck? I haven't even written the letter to ask the court yet."

"We gotta plan around you, then."

"Tell them to plan on giving the ticket to another. I'm not comfortable going anymore, anyway."

I've since gotten over THAT in the few hours since it was decided. Drinking Beverage Fuck it.

Now, I just BETTER get chosen to be on this Goddamn jury. I will be pissed.

Everybody, I'm trusting you to not tell them I said that; It might reflect poorly on my character Big Grin Whatever, I'm a grown up. I can be pissed and anxious once in awhile.

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20-04-2013, 10:11 PM
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Good on you for accepting your responsibility!

You probably feel a sense of relief about it. Well, I hope you do. You should.

I hope you get selected and that it is an interesting case, but if not, you did the right thing.

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20-04-2013, 10:15 PM
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Yeah... Confused

I like to do the right thing.

Thanks for the encouragement Smile

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21-04-2013, 08:37 AM
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Remember, we (and by we I mean I) want details!

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21-04-2013, 02:33 PM (This post was last modified: 21-04-2013 02:37 PM by f stop.)
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Years ago my wife was summoned for jury duty. She came home with this story.

About a hundred prospective jurors were assembled in a big room. A "young judge" came in, took his place at the bench and asked if anyone had any reason they should be excused from jury duty. A pregnant woman stood up.

"I'm eight months pregnant," she declared.

"Not good enough," said the young judge, "you stay."

The young judge then proceeded to divide the herd into groups of twelve and sent each group to a different courtroom. My wife was in the same jury as the pregnant woman. An "old judge" came into the courtroom, took his place at the bench and looked at the jury.

"Stand up please," he said, pointing at the pregnant juror, "how far along are you?"

"Eight months."

"You are not going into labor in my court. You go home. Bailiff, escort this woman to the clerk's office to get her check, then see her to her vehicle, then go Judge Young's office and tell that idiot I want a word with him."

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21-04-2013, 02:55 PM
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I want to sit on a jury and it almost happened last week.

It was a civil lawsuit brought by several condo owners vs the condo association over the construction work on a seawall.

Note: My background is in construction.

The plaintiff's attorney asked if anyone liked Johnny Cash. Huh? He brings up the song "One Piece at a Time" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHniL8MyMM
The story of an auto worker that over the course of many years steals Cadillac parts to assemble a car for himself.

So he says, this is what happens when you fix something piecemeal, it doesn't work and it looks bad.

I raised my hand and then told him I thought that was a terrible analogy since construction materials, especially concrete and steel, haven't changed in decades, much less year to year like car models do.

I was dismissed. Cool

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