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stormagnet
January 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Dude, I get dismissed *every time* because I’m related to a judge. I don’t know why they even bother to keep summoning me O_o

Emily
January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Yep — comic artists are definitely on the short list of biased jurors.

Neil (AoD)
January 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Kinda pointless even having juries if they dont want a panel of people from a broad spektrum of society- seems likie they just want braindead numpties you cant think for themselves, and just decide which story to believe based on the evidence as itspresented/ skewed & twisted/ misinterpreted to suit the defences and/or procescutions needs.

Munan
January 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

Hmm, makes me not so unhappy with the fact that we don’t have jury-jurisdiction in the Netherlands.

Dark_T_Zeratul
January 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I had a coworker who got dismissed because he was an engineering student. It was a murder trial and the defense was going for the emotional angle, and didn’t want someone who would be thinking super logically.

DCS
February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Ah, jury duty. I was exempt for many years because I was active duty military, but when I left the Army and settled down, I got summoned for jury duty three different times (each summons was for a period of three months) over the space of about five years.

I was empanelled on an attempted murder trial on my first summons. the next two times I was summoned, when we went to voir-dire, I could honestly respond that I had been empanelled before. Then, in chambers during the subsequent interview, I could recall entirely too much detail about the trial for which I was on the jury.

The defending lawyer immediately dismissed me — they don’t want anyone with any memory capacity at all! I absolutely agree with Dark_T above — the lawyers don’t want anyone who can actually remember any of the details, they only want people who will manage to stay awake for the final summations, and then decide on an emotional basis.

Frustrating to realize that our justice system, despite all it’s claims, is not really about finding the TRUTH.

OneMonthInTheFuture
February 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Freedom isn’t free
Because justice isn’t just
Chains you cannot see
Used too often to rust
Silent-ly
Forcing thee
To do what they say you must

hdcr_LoS
March 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I just usually tell them I don’t speak English. But I stopped using that excuse because I’m sure the INS got the gov’t to wiretap my phone. Sorry, I no speaka Een-glesh.

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