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Title: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: christina on September 13, 2004, 10:43:34 PM
Ok, I have to report to jury duty tomorrow. I will check this thread in the morning, hopefully some of you guys will have posted responses. I need a good excuse to not being able to serve. In my last jury duty, people said excuses to the extent of "No speek engleesh", "I'm a socialist" and "I think all criminals are innocent". From what I remember, the lawyers ask you "What prohibits you from actively serving on this jury" or something like that. I need a believable excuse. I was thinking of using the LSAT as an excuse, so they would have pity on my poor soul, I mean, they've all been there, right? Any other ideas? ???
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: thechoson on September 13, 2004, 10:44:45 PM
Say you have irritable bowel syndrome, and thus would have to excuse yourself every 30 minutes to *&^%, and so would be ahorrible distraction.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: lexylit on September 13, 2004, 10:44:55 PM
umm, just do it?

it might be interesting. aren't you going to LS? i've always wanted jury duty purely out of curiosity
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Ginatio on September 13, 2004, 10:46:18 PM
ummm... haven't you seen Runaway Jury? this is a golden opportunity to take control of those sumbitches and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. duh.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: thechoson on September 13, 2004, 10:46:38 PM
ummm... haven't you seen Runaway Jury? this is a golden opportunity to take control of those sumbitches and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. duh.

This is yet another reason you are a tool.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Ginatio on September 13, 2004, 10:48:10 PM
ummm... haven't you seen Runaway Jury? this is a golden opportunity to take control of those sumbitches and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. duh.

This is yet another reason you are a tool.

care to elaborate?
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: christina on September 13, 2004, 10:48:41 PM
umm, just do it?

it might be interesting. aren't you going to LS? i've always wanted jury duty purely out of curiosity

Well, I just don't know how long the trial is going to be. I also need to take care of my car accident stuff, and its true, I really do need to study. ::) If I didn't have so much stuff going on, I would love to do it. Last time I was called to report, they never even chose me, to my dismay. I would have loved to do it back then when I had a lot more free time.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: christina on September 13, 2004, 10:50:03 PM
Say you have irritable bowel syndrome, and thus would have to excuse yourself every 30 minutes to *&^%, and so would be ahorrible distraction.

I dont think I could even say that without laughing.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: lexylit on September 13, 2004, 10:51:08 PM
Well, I just don't know how long the trial is going to be. I also need to take care of my car accident stuff,

ok, then tell them the truth-- you were hit, you got a little whiplash, and you cant sit in a chair for very long
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Casper on September 13, 2004, 10:51:58 PM
Since you can't lie, say that you have some preconcieved notions about the criminal justice system.

Or you can reschedule it, if you can.  I avoided serving 3 times, until they made me come in and pick a date in which I had to serve.  Either that or face a hefty fine.  Well, I served 3 days, basically sat there in jury pool, bored to death.  I selected to do criminal trial instead, since they will never pick me. 

Depending on crimminal or civil, I would reschedule or call in sick, if it's civil.  Civil cases are extremely boring.  The only way to get excused if you have been sued, or you have sued someone else on an issue similar to the case.

When I got selected to courtroom, I got excused, due to the fact that I knew the DA's Office inside and out.  I was the first one to leave.

When you get selected to crimminal, they will ask you if you have been victim of crime.  If you have, that's usually a good excuse to leave.  And you can act like an a-hole in courtroom, wear a cap to courtroom, bring your newspaper, both of this really pisses off the judges.  I've done that being an observer in the courtroom.

Hope that helps.  And damnit, I hate to serve jury duty. 
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Ginatio on September 13, 2004, 10:52:25 PM
ummm... haven't you seen Runaway Jury? this is a golden opportunity to take control of those sumbitches and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. duh.

This is yet another reason you are a tool.

as an affirmative defense, 7400+ reasons why you, too, are a tool:
http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php?action=profile;u=607;sa=showPosts
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Casper on September 13, 2004, 10:54:47 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHA
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: coloroflaw.org on September 14, 2004, 12:13:17 AM
If you are simply going to have to make up an excuse to get out of it, just don't go.  Have you ever actually heard of anyone getting arrested for not showing up for jury duty?

If you are thinking about lying, take a look at the following article:

http://www.unknownnews.net/0605-1.html

I don't know about your state, but some allow you to simply call the jury coordinator and say "hey...I can't do it right now..."  and have it rescheduled for like 6 months down the road.

There are things that will likely keep you off a jury.  None of them are very pretty.  Racism, sexism, bigotry, felony conviction, belief that the cops wouldn't have arrested him if he wasn't guilty.  If I really wanted to get out of jury duty, I would find either a t-shirt with swastika, KKK logo, or the logo of my favorite strip club (preferably with offensive pictures and messages).

 
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: absy on September 14, 2004, 12:19:13 AM
I heard that lawyers don't like fellow lawyers on the jury.  While it may not be as convincing since your just pre-law, you could take that route (especially in conjunction with the preconceived notions ploy).
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: thechoson on September 14, 2004, 07:22:21 AM
ummm... haven't you seen Runaway Jury? this is a golden opportunity to take control of those sumbitches and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. duh.

This is yet another reason you are a tool.

as an affirmative defense, 7400+ reasons why you, too, are a tool:
http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php?action=profile;u=607;sa=showPosts

He who smelt it dealt it.  You dug out all the 7400 reasons, so you must be a tool of equal or greater magnitude.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: M2 on September 14, 2004, 07:28:57 AM
You are allowed three postponements...
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: thechoson on September 14, 2004, 07:30:36 AM
Anyways, whatever excuse you think of, good luck with the jury duty!
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: The ZAPINATOR on September 14, 2004, 07:32:25 AM
Just tell them you're in the militia and you don't believe in government trampling on the peoples' rights and that cops are the problem not the solution.  Then they'll let you out of it.  But you might also get FBI surveilance out of the deal.

ZAP
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: HolmesBoy on March 31, 2012, 02:39:14 PM
I can't unbiased and impartial.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Julie Fern on March 31, 2012, 02:42:25 PM
trick is what questions they ask on voir dire.  ask, for example, if chance see bloody undershirt.  or, indicate that prosecutor look like guiltiest person in room.  or ask out one of lawyers.  or flip coin before every answer you give.
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: fortook on April 08, 2012, 02:03:32 PM
Yes, warrants are issued for not showing up to jury duty.  What you think Sheriff Deputies do? 
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: .Chuck on April 09, 2012, 05:23:39 AM
Yes, warrants are issued for not showing up to jury duty.  What you think Sheriff Deputies do?

Sometimes they pick up people with warrants, sometimes they serve warrants, and sometimes they help round up a jury last minute before the right to a speedy trial deadline ends with an in custody defendant that has asserted the right.

I clerked at a court in a rough neighborhood for a while during LS.  The courthouse was right across the street (side street, adjacent parking lots, about 50 yards from door to door) from a big movie theater/entertainment complex.


With some of the criminal cases, when speedy trial rights had been asserted and it was the last day to seat a jury and start trial or else dismiss the charges according to law (typically on a Friday), the sheriff deputies would walk across the parking lot and side street to the movie theater box office line and ask people to come on over to be a juror on a real criminal case instead of paying $10+ to watch a fictional trial. 

I'm not joking about this.  Actually got some pretty good juries that way when they had to do it, plus the volunteers got the juror pay and didn't have to sit through whatever bad movie and waste $$ on popcorn and candy in the theater.  It was win win. (not always for the defendant though!)
 
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: Julie Fern on April 09, 2012, 11:25:30 AM
Yes, warrants are issued for not showing up to jury duty.  What you think Sheriff Deputies do?

actually, that vary lot from state state.

but they all eat donuts!
Title: Re: I have jury duty tomorrow, I need excuses!
Post by: fortook on April 13, 2012, 07:30:22 PM
Oh I know.

Even gluten intolerant cops? That could hurt their butts.