Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Things might be about to get interesting around here




This came in the mail today. In 32 years of eligibility, I've never been called before.

10 comments:

carl said...

As a professional poker player, you'll be labelled as "able to think for yourself". Whichever side thinks they don't have the facts on their side will want to get rid of you pretty quickly. :)

Julius_Goat said...

Unbelievable. I and another friend of mine, and now you, have all been called for jury duty on that exact day.

Rakewell said...

Goat: Let's all three of us decide in advance on "guilty."

Freight Train said...

By that comment, you've excused yourself.

Rakewell said...

Doesn't matter. Lawyer friends tell me that I'd be excluded anyway. I'm not easily impressed by theatrics or moved by emotional gimmicks, I see the holes in arguments and evidence, I disrespect authority, and I can influence others to my point of view by being persuasive and articulate. In short, I'm hard to manipulate. This is not the ideal jury member for today's attorney.

mrwiizrd said...

"Lawyer friends tell me that I'd be excluded anyway. I'm not easily impressed by theatrics or moved by emotional gimmicks, I see the holes in arguments and evidence, I disrespect authority, and I can influence others to my point of view by being persuasive and articulate. In short, I'm hard to manipulate. This is not the ideal jury member for today's attorney."


That's a pretty disappointing response coming from you Grump. I received a summons two weeks ago and as a libertarian I'm actually really excited to serve, jury duty is one of the most direct ways for an average citizen to stand up against unjust laws, or against just laws, unjustly applied.

Surviving voir dire isn't rocket science, bring a book, give concise answers, and act disinterested just like everyone else.

NT (aka Cardgrrl) said...

Serving on a jury was one of my favorite experiences of all time. It was a fascinating exercise in civic duty, psychology, group dynamics, and the legal system.

I highly recommend it.

Rakewell said...

Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. I've long been interested in the legal system, and think I understand it pretty well for an unprofessional sidelines onlooker. I served on a mock jury once for a law school, and thought it was very interesting. But I'm realistically dubious about my chances of getting selected for actual duty. Most likely outcome is I'll sit around bored a lot, answer a lot of stupid questions, then get sent home.

Anonymous said...

I had an attempted murder trial once. It was absolutely awesome and well worth the week.

BWoP said...

1. You might not have to show up at all. I received a similar summons and called (as directed) the day before to confirm. My group number was told to not report. I haven't received another jury summons.

2. You might be surprised during the voir dire process. I was selected as a juror for a civil case. There was another lawyer on the jury as well. I guess the lawyers for both sides wanted a bunch of lawyers on the jury, although most people say / believe the opposite.