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orcoastknitter
06-28-2007, 06:59 PM
Ok, I got home yesterday and sorted through the mail and guess what I got... no, not a big box full of yarn but a jury duty notice! :ick:

Knit1Drop1
06-28-2007, 07:18 PM
I have always wanted to do jury duty! I think it could be so interesting. I have been called twice but couldn't actually do it either time. First time was in PA right after we moved to Seattle - the notice was forwarded to me. Second time was when my son was 4 or 5 months old and breastfeeding. So both times I had to decline. :(

Funny how everyone but me seems to dread this! Hope you get through with a minimum of fuss on your part... or else you get something really interesting. :D

auburnchick
06-28-2007, 07:25 PM
I got called last summer for federal jury duty. Even though dh is in law enforcement, it freaked me out a bit to see the special agents with ear pieces. They even escorted you in the elevator and to the restroom. It was very strict! I didn't get picked either...loads of security though.

chiricahuagal
06-28-2007, 08:20 PM
I have always wanted to do jury duty!oh sure. I hear this from someone every time I get a jury notice - yes, it's a duty and an obligation of citizens, freedom/liberty/ etc etc - but sheesh, it takes a whole lot of effort and time and - why do those who say they WANT to do it never get picked??? (I should add a smiley here - I'm not really mad, I'm sorta teasing...)

Right now I'm 70+ miles away from our county seat where I was called last time. That's a lot of miles on $3.15/gallon gas to hear a trial about someone who rear ended a car (at about 2-3 MPH, no one was hurt, it was when the light turned green) who may have had a beer or not, no one was sure, and then the case was dismissed partway through after we had about 3 30 minute recesses during the day, one of them called in mid-sentence. At least it only was that one day.

Or the one where the police clocked a truck going 70MPH in a 55 MPH zone, put 69 MPH on the ticket but the fellow says he was only doing 65 mph. Hello, why am I there listening to this??? Isn't 65 MPH still over the speed limit? Do they really have jury trials for these issues? (yes)

Or the time I had to sit through the entire voir dire even though there was no way statistically I could get picked because of the way the judge set it up - no one past #42 could be picked, and I was #74 out of 75 - he would only allow a certain # to be disallowed by the lawyers.

Sorry for the rant - I hope everyone who wants to do jury duty gets a chance to do it, soon. And doesn't have to give up their knitting needles. And gets a chance to right a wrong. (And I also hope I don't have to do it anymore.)

robynbird
06-29-2007, 09:41 AM
Ok, I got home yesterday and sorted through the mail and guess what I got... no, not a big box full of yarn but a jury duty notice! :ick:

Me too!!!! I've never received one before.

marykz
06-29-2007, 09:54 AM
ugh- I feel your pain. I'm due to be called any time now and I just find it annoying. Yes, I'll go and do my duty and all, and I'm glad to live in this fine Country where I have such a system, but its a pain. Last time I went for JD I got a parking ticket because the signs were missing. Somehow I was supposed to know (psychically?) that those spots were 1 h parking only!

Ingrid
06-29-2007, 10:00 AM
I got a notice about 6 weeks ago, but put it off until school was out. Sure enough, I got a notice for the first day of vacation. I had to call each evening to see if I was needed. I guess the courts aren't starting any new trials soon, so I'm off the hook.:happydance:

PaperGirl
06-29-2007, 10:03 AM
Ive been called once. When I lived in Abilene. The jury notice was for Wharton County....EIGHTS HOURS AWAY.

Sheesh.

That was 6 years ago. I havent been called since.

Kaydee
06-29-2007, 10:18 AM
Ive been called once. When I lived in Abilene. The jury notice was for Wharton County....EIGHTS HOURS AWAY.

Sheesh.

That's crazy! They shouldn't be able to do that since it'd probably require the person to get a hotel and eveything. Not everyone can afford that just tor JD.

LibraryLady
06-29-2007, 02:02 PM
About fifteen years ago, 2 months after I started a new job with the state of Washington, I got called for city duty. A month later, I got county duty, moved the following month into a different city and a month after that, got city duty in the new location! 3 times in 4 months! :??

Fortunately, my boss just laughed each time, and the state paid me my regular wage while on duty.

Unfortunately, I just sat in the pool all week long all three times, and didn't get to be called at all.

So I basically got to sit and knit all day AND get my regular pay check. :thumbsup:

Haven't ever been called since. :sad:

LL

Silver
06-29-2007, 03:50 PM
So I basically got to sit and knit all day AND get my regular pay check. :thumbsup:
You make it sound so horrible! LOL :teehee:

I've only gotten asked once... several years ago when the kids were still in elementary school. I showed up at the court house all bright n early, and when the judge came in, the first thing he said was if there was anyone who couldn't serve or just didn't want to, come up and explain. I told him that I had to drive my kids to and from school, and he said "you're excused". That was that.

I suppose I wouldn't make an excuse if I was selected again. The kids are teens now and I think it would be interesting to be on a jury.

feministmama
06-29-2007, 04:15 PM
About fifteen years ago, 2 months after I started a new job with the state of Washington, I got called for city duty. A month later, I got county duty, moved the following month into a different city and a month after that, got city duty in the new location! 3 times in 4 months! :??

Fortunately, my boss just laughed each time, and the state paid me my regular wage while on duty.

Unfortunately, I just sat in the pool all week long all three times, and didn't get to be called at all.

So I basically got to sit and knit all day AND get my regular pay check. :thumbsup:

Haven't ever been called since. :sad:

LL

saaaWEEEEET! I want that gig!

VictoiseC
07-01-2007, 01:29 PM
That's a hilarious rant Melinda! :rofling:

Well, I just don't want to do it, haven't won't. Can't help it. But then I live in Manhattan (part time) and the whole law scene downtown really freaks me. I finally registered to vote in my town where my house is upstate. I wouldn't mind doing it up here coz it's nice. Except the system up here is pretty darn unbelievable, a local fellow, an older fellow who lives way out in the middle of nowhere, just got 2 - 4 years for growing a couple of marijuana plants in his backyard. 2 to 4 years in jail. :pout:

chiricahuagal
07-01-2007, 08:17 PM
ok - (please don't judge me) - when we moved here 3 years ago, I refused to register to vote so I would not get jury duty. My DH did register to vote - and he has not been called, and I have. Go figure.

I guess I better to register to vote now.

2-4 years in jail does sound like a pretty steep sentence for growing a plant, even if the plant could be used for illegal medicinal-type purposes...... and maybe he was only planning to make a rope or some hempseed oil from it? (is this a potential controversial topic??)

Rorshach
07-01-2007, 10:49 PM
I've been called for Jury Duty twice now, went the first time, second time I was lucky, had moved out of the county in which I was called.

orcoastknitter
07-02-2007, 02:14 AM
As it goes for me right now, all I have to do is call in on the 25th to see if I need to be there the next day. Unfortunately, the court house is about 50-60 miles in a different city.

I have been twice before when I lived in California. It's my first time here in Oregon.

jjminarcik
07-02-2007, 03:51 PM
I was called once when I lived in Atlanta. I wasn't a knitter then, but I sat all day at the courthouse and didn't get picked. :pout:

After I moved to Texas AND had registered to vote here, my parents got a jury duty notice in their mail addressed to me with my maiden name. :shrug: Well, I wasn't about to travel halfway across the country for jury duty. Before I even got the chance, my mom called for me and explained the situation, and they took me off the list. I'm still registered to vote in Texas, but havn't been called in either place! Weird. :??

orcoastknitter
07-05-2007, 07:14 PM
Well I called the jury clerk today and asked about knitting needles. She wanted to know if they were circular or straight. I told her straight wooden needles. I figure I will bring socks to work on, since they don't take up a bunch of space. She said I could bring them with me to the waiting area. If I get called into a trial she said she would hold them for me. Sounds like she might be a knitter herself.

orcoastknitter
07-26-2007, 02:30 AM
Well I called tonight about my jury duty tomorrow and






















I have been excused! :woot::woot::woot:

The recording stated that there are no trials for the 26th and that if we were summoned for that day we are excused! Thank goodness... the thought of getting up very early and driving for an hour and half didn't sound fun for me....:teehee:

LibraryLady
07-26-2007, 10:57 AM
:woot: Yeah! for law abiding folk! :woot:









:cry: for extra knitting time... :cry:



LL

nik
07-26-2007, 11:23 AM
I liked jury duty. It was 3 days of resting and reading and watching movies. The food was good, lunch hours were an hour and a half, and you got a ton of breaks.

I don't understand why it's so dreaded. It was a mini vacation for me and I loved it.

orcoastknitter
07-26-2007, 11:55 AM
One of the reasons I didn't want to go is because of my work, if I miss a day I don't get paid. The other reason, the county court house is about 65 miles away from me. I don't mind the drive, but I rather do somethng else while I was in the Big City (like visiting my LYS, shopping, farmers market...etc).

Now I am good for two years.. I think..

letah75
07-26-2007, 12:13 PM
I've gotten called twice. Once right after I moved out of my parent's house for college. I moved 200 miles away and so I called and let them know. I was taken off of the list.

The second time I got called I went and didn't get picked. The nice thing is I work for the county, and so the Court house is right next door to my office. :waving: I can wave to my co-workers practically.

Now my dad, that man seems to get called EVERY year. He also NEVER gets picked. Seems the DA's aren't too keen on having a priest in the jury.

I've always wanted to be on a jury but I can't imagine I'll ever be picked for a criminal trial. I work in law enforcement in the county, so I know all the criminals and lawyers (both public and private) in this county. I did 7 years as a rape crisis counselor and I have a psych degree.

No one I work with has ever been picked for a jury. guess I chose the wrong career path if I wan't to fullfill my jury duty...duty.:rofl:

janelanespaintbrush
07-26-2007, 12:27 PM
I got called while I was away at college too -- my Mom let them know I couldn't make it. I got called again a few years ago. I served on a civil case, and found it a good experience overall. Not the most interesting trial, but I enjoyed working with the other jurors. It was a nice change of pace. I feel bad for the people whose lives get really disrupted because they have to sit on long trials.

misha rf
07-26-2007, 05:20 PM
The first time I got the notice, I was in college & lived 45 min away--with no car. So I deferred it for a year (they allowed that). By then, I'd graduated & moved into an apt. in a new county, so I was excused as I was no longer a "resident" in my home county.

I got called up when I lived in TX, and my bosses, both lawyers, wanted me to get out of it. I was taking summer classes, and got excused.

The third time, I was living in Brooklyn. I was excused from the first panel, but they didn't finish questioning the second panel, so I had to come back the next day. I got picked, and was told I had to come back the following day to see if they'd fill the jury. Fortunately, there was a library nearby, so I borrowed a huge stack of books at lunchtime (on the first day). They picked a full jury, and we were told to come back on Monday for the trial. We sat around for hours, went to lunch, came back, & then they told us that both parties had settled. It was a civil case, dr vs insurance company. I was surprised they picked me for the jury, b/c I said I'd had bad experiences with doctors, and had a homeowner's policy with the insurance company. I guess they figured I could keep an open mind. ;)

Interesting side note: one of the people in the jury pool was a granddaughter of William Kunstler. She's a midwife, and was trying desperately to get out of being selected. This included mentioning her grandfather in hopes of getting excused. She wasn't chosen for that case, but had to come back the next day anyway. Brooklyn requires you to do two days minimum in the pool.