Jury duty

@sissy15 (7150)
United States
July 12, 2019 5:31am CST
I am not sure how things work in most countries regarding the legal system but here we have a jury which is made up of community members who get to decide based on the facts presented during a trial whether a person is guilty or innocent. I have received a card to fill out for jury duty twice and have been summoned once. I didn't get picked but I had to go before the judge with several other members who were chosen to be narrowed down. I don't know if I would have been picked or not had I not told the judge my son had an important doctor's appointment the day of the trial which is true he did otherwise I may have actually liked the experience. It was interesting. Mostly I remember this one guy who clearly didn't want to be there and kept making excuses to the judge that would make it so he would be able to get out of it. He actually told the judge word for word "honestly, I'm not a trustworthy person". I was so amused by his blatant attempt to get out of it. Most of us were fine with answering questions but he always found a way to make himself look bad. It amused me. There was another person who had been chosen for two juries one in Texas for murder and one in Ohio and I believe they chose them again. Before this, I had only been in juries two mock trials when I was still in school one was for a class I was in and one was for another class they chose me after I was forced to fill out a sheet in study hall. I was chosen because of my knowledge of how a jury works. Considering before that I had done two other mock trials but in one I was a witness and not on the jury I had an idea of how trials worked. This was a bit more difficult for obvious reasons because it was real but thankfully it wasn't a murder case or anything. This case was for theft I think. I don't remember the specifics anymore it was a couple of years ago. If they ever called me again I think it'd be neat to actually take part in it as long as it isn't for something like murder because I wouldn't want to take a chance I may actually be wrong and have someone either set free that shouldn't be or someone sent to prison or death when they didn't deserve to be. I mean no matter what you risk at least somewhat ruining someone's life but the idea of putting someone away for life or setting free a murderer definitely isn't something I want on my conscience. Anyone else ever been summoned for Jury duty or served on a jury?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I've been called for jury duty some years ago. We have much the same system in Australia.
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@sissy15 (7150)
• United States
12 Jul
That's interesting. I actually didn't mind the whole process which surprised me. I never cared for it when I did mock trials in school but that's probably because I was being graded and I didn't seem to care as much about that sort of thing back then.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
@sissy15 It's interesting but I wasn't too keen on sitting in judgement on someone.
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@sissy15 (7150)
• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv That's understandable. I wouldn't mind it as much as long as it wasn't for murder or something more serious. That's why it's important to listen to both sides without bias to make it more likely that you choose correctly.
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@celticeagle (122952)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jul
I have been put on jury duty twice. First time I was voted off and the second they closed the case just as the transport bus was leaving the parking lot.
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@sissy15 (7150)
• United States
13 Jul
I don't know anyone who has actually served on a jury just those who were called but not chosen.
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@celticeagle (122952)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Jul
@sissy15 ......Same here.
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@JohnRoberts (85122)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jul
It sucks big time.
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@sissy15 (7150)
• United States
12 Jul
I actually didn't mind the whole experience but maybe I would have more had I actually been picked.
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