If you are going to lie about jury duty, don't explain how on the air.

alkemyst

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Colorado local news today. Some dumbass (I think it was Susan something, it was a woman) blew off jury duty and then talked about how she lied to get out of it on the air to a news show.

A couple police were listening, once the judges were called they issued a contempt of court charge.

What an idiot.
 

SKORPI0

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Should I Try to Get Out of Jury Duty by Lying?


Possible Consequences

If the court finds you are lying to get out of your civic duty, some of consequences are listed below.

  1. Found guilty of Perjury, a felony
  2. Found guilty of Filing a False Instrument, a felony
  3. Fined by the court
  4. Found guilty of Obstruction of Justice, a misdemeanor
  5. Found guilty of Contempt of Court, resulting in fines or jail time
 

MagnusTheBrewer

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While being interviewed by the judge for jury duty, I listened to a woman tell the judge she couldn't serve because her pet had anxiety attacks if she was gone for more than 4 hours. :rolleyes:

I heard a male prospective juror tell the judge, his wife's second cousin was a cop and he didn't think he could be objective. I'd have made him draw his family tree.

I heard another tell the judge he didn't think anyone could get a fair trial due to the the laws regarding jury nullification. I was waiting for the hammer to come down but, the judge passed on to the next idiot.

Every time I'm called, I go with the intent of getting out of it...and then I hear some of the lamest excuses I've ever heard and am ashamed to be in the same room with these losers and end up serving.
 

Lifted

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Every time I'm called, I go with the intent of getting out of it...and then I hear some of the lamest excuses I've ever heard and am ashamed to be in the same room with these losers and end up serving.

Thanks bro! Someone has to do it. :D
 

akshatp

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I was all set to participate in a sex offender trial a couple of years ago until the Prosecution started reading off the names of the officers involved in the arrest. Once I heard my brother in laws name come up as the arresting officer, I told the judge about it and said I would still be objective and fair. The prosecutor was more than fine with it lol, but the Defense attorney was like Hell No and the judge said I could leave.

LOL
 

RPD

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I heard some girl saying she couldn't miss work because rent was simply "a lot" of money.
 

herm0016

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i would serve. i think i would find it somewhat interesting. i have never been sent one of those letters.
 

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Speaking of jury duty...I had mine this week. Got lucky on Monday and pulled a coroners shift tomorrow. Get to review 5 different deaths and rule on the cause...homicide, natural causes, suicide, ect. Supposed to be pretty interesting.
 

lxskllr

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I only got called once. My name is deep in the alphabet, and they had all the jurors they needed long before they got to me :^D
 
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Never did Jury duty before, but I've sat in a court room as part of a class trip a while back.

I can't believe how boring it was. Also, it was almost infuriating to see both sides and lawyers do a dance of misdirection and trying to get almost crying witnesses to admit to something or trip up.
 

Kelvrick

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Never served, but hate the jury selection process and hearing the same questions over and over and over again each time someone new comes up.

And the fact I can't be playing games, reading book, etc while this is going on.
 

zerocool84

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Served twice but got excused both times after the third day. It's seriously the most boring experience ever.
 

alkemyst

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Keep telling yourself that when a jury decides your case.

That is the key part of this. It's par for the course though with the attitudes people have today.

The last few times I have been selected it's been pretty easy to get out if you don't want to do it. I have always been hoping for a really good case, but each time I have ended up on days with nothing really critical. The clerk comes out and asks basically "Does anyone here have a job or class they need to go to and would not like to perform their duty today? Keep in mind you may be re-selected as soon as next month and you may not have this option again."
 

RPD

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Served twice, had to sit on a trail once, accused rape case.

Never start on time, but ALWAYS break on time.
 

Farang

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Served once, but what somebody told me is true--you only have to show up if you responded to the summons, if you ignore it in the mail there is no way to prove you ever got it. i.e. I never check my mail, even if they send 3 notices I tell them I only empty out the packed mailbox every 2 months and throw it out, I am not getting convicted of anything without a signature.

Even then they wouldn't press charges. I think Montana used to every 10 years or so just to prove a point.

That said if you work for a corporation, it is a convenient way to play hookie for a day. I played fruit ninja and listened to Biggie.
 
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alkemyst

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Served once, but what somebody told me is true--you only have to show up if you responded to the summons, if you ignore it in the mail there is no way to prove you ever got it.

This is true for the first time. It's highly doubtful you'd miss two. All it takes is someone paying attention to send you a registered summons. Very rare of course.
 

Farang

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This is true for the first time. It's highly doubtful you'd miss two. All it takes is someone paying attention to send you a registered summons. Very rare of course.

If you get a registered summons, go. If for any reason they can prove you were notified, go. But first class mail? Ignore with no consequences.

I highly doubt they'd make much of an effort for any individual who ignored their notices, their return rate is probably high enough.
 

gevorg

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In San Francisco, Jury Duty "pay" doesn't even cover the parking expense.
 

DrPizza

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I wouldn't mind jury duty at all during the summer or over some other break from school. I've only been summoned for jury duty once. I "got out of it" after my responses to the defendant's lawyer (who was questioning the jurors.) He asked me some really stupid follow-up questions after a couple routine questions such as occupation. My responses made him look like a complete buffoon.
 

kranky

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Pretty disappointed to see certain people ITT who say they can't be bothered to serve on a jury, but don't mind enjoying the many benefits of living in this country.

We are certainly becoming a "what's in it for me" nation, with no thought of contributing.
 

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Pretty disappointed to see certain people ITT who say they can't be bothered to serve on a jury, but don't mind enjoying the many benefits of living in this country.

We are certainly becoming a "what's in it for me" nation, with no thought of contributing.

My employer still pays me in full for the days I have duty. I can absolutely understand the anxiety towards it if you are an hourly employee missing a weeks worth of wages and your employer does not reimburse you for it. If all employers had a similar policy I would have a similar opinion as you. But not everyone has the ability to cover that weeks worth of lost wages waiting around to figure out if they'll ever be called to a case.

It's not really a what's in it for me mentality...it's more of a massive pain in the ass mentality because of the randomness of when you'll be pulled and complete mystery of what you will be able to do that week.

If the process was more streamlined and you had more control maybe it wouldn't be so bad. I don't know. I absolutely understand the reason and importance of having the luxury of trial by jury...but I also understand how big of pain that luxury can be to family or individual that has to try and work around that system.