Re: [humanism-174] My day in Jury Duty - from Sheri

From: sheri p.
Sent on: Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:05 AM
David:

One thing that is funny (I observed this both my first time and this time with jury duty) is that you will hear people bitch about jury duty, but once you are in the courtroom and getting questioned, these people change their attitude (most of them).  

This is just my opinion, but everyone tries to find the right answers to the questions posed by the judge or attorneys.  I guess it would feel like you "failed" if you didn't get on a case.  

When the judge asked everyone what they thought about when she read the charges, most people said they could base their verdict on the evidence.  Or, they would say that the charges were very serious.  I don't think that is what they thought, but rather (to them) it was the right answer.  When she asked me, I said that I started asking questions in my head about Jane Doe and her age and what the kidnapping charges were about, etc.  I told the judge I wanted to know more about the case.

So, you will always get questioned about knowing police officers or other attorneys or knowing anyone in the courthouse, etc.  

Now, last time, I did not get chosen the first case because it was a child abuse case and I was abused as a child and was honest about it.  

This guy in our group said that he remembered his first time in the 90's, this guy didn't want to do jury duty and he got off by saying, "Well, if Bill Clinton can get away with having sex with Monica, then anyone can get away with anything".


On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM, David <[address removed]> wrote:
Paul:
Your metrics comment is interesting. Are you able to share what some
metrics are that get people on or off the jury?

Thanks,
David.




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