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Arrgh!! Federal Jury Duty Court Summons !

post #1 of 37
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So Im coming home from work Friday, looking forward to my 2nd weekend from the job I just started. What do I find in the mail? Jury Duty of course. Damn you Murphy! Whats more, it said the trial I (may) be selected for is expected to last 8 weeks. Now I get to tell my boss I may be gone for 2 months, despite starting only 2 weeks ago.

Murphy's law is alive and well, my friends.
post #2 of 37
Yesterday you couldn't spell jury now you maybe be a jury member!

Could be worse. You could be the defendant.

Give them a call. You maybe able to get the duty rescheduled, once.
post #3 of 37
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lol typo
post #4 of 37
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I don't know what trial it is, but I'm glad I'm not going on trial.

I will absolutely try to get out of it. I will tell them I just started the job and can't afford to miss two months of work, both financially and as far as work load goes.
post #5 of 37
Read up on the right of Jury Nullification before you go:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification
It's one of those things the legal establishment tries to hide from potential jurors. (They do it here in Canada too; you're not even allowed to mention it to the jury.) The more you know...

You also may not be selected for jury duty if you let the prosecutor know you believe in jury nullification. They hate that.
post #6 of 37
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^^ Thank you, kind sir.

The whole shebang starts at the end of October. So I have at least a few days to get my ducks all lined up in a row.
post #7 of 37
easier out, ignore the letter, it came by regular mail. No proof that you actually received the summons since it 'may' have been lost in the mail.

when they asked... reply with "what letter?".
post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
Read up on the right of Jury Nullification before you go:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification
It's one of those things the legal establishment tries to hide from potential jurors. (They do it here in Canada too; you're not even allowed to mention it to the jury.) The more you know...

You also may not be selected for jury duty if you let the prosecutor know you believe in jury nullification. They hate that.
Great stuff, Thanks. Wikipedia is very dangerous--just spent about half-an-hour sub-linking before I realized it.
post #9 of 37
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Originally Posted by urabus View Post
easier out, ignore the letter, it came by regular mail. No proof that you actually received the summons since it 'may' have been lost in the mail.

when they asked... reply with "what letter?".
Yes, that would be easy to do.
post #10 of 37
Yea I had one of those once what a huge PITA, I had to call every day after work for several weeks and listen to this recording to see if I was selected. Just what I wanted to do every fricking day after work
post #11 of 37
Wiki is dangerous.

That said, remember, no one want a hate monger on the jury. Not quite as easy, but a few crass words will get you out of jury duty for sure.
post #12 of 37
Jury duty, pfaw! Good thing we don't have that here.
post #13 of 37
I don't like to miss work either. I just got summoned for jury duty after I had just started a job and I was dreading it. It turned out to be an interesting experience. I did not get picked, but by the end of the day, I would not have minded being on the jury (3 day trial). I agree it can be an inconvenience (especially Federal or Grand jury), but it is your duty.

The judge in our case, asked a room full of people if anyone had a good reason why they couldn't serve on a jury besides missing work. He realized it was a financial burden as well as a time concern, but not one person raised their hand or asked to be dismissed. Later though, when he asked if people's past experiences would affect their decision to be on the jury or bias them in any way, people started dropping out like flies. It is not that difficult to get out of being picked for a jury, if you really don't want to.
post #14 of 37
I was on jury duty for 2 months this summer. I had to call in every friday to see if I was picked, I was picked twice but both times the courts were settle so I never had to miss work.
post #15 of 37
sweet! enjoy the time!
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