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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-17-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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FML: Summoned for jury duty

I got a summons in the mail to serve for jury duty the other day. Not a big deal, it's my civic duty and all, and I'm curious about the whole process. I'm actually kind of hoping I get picked for it. However, there is one catch, I don't think my employer pays me if I serve on a jury. If I get stuck in a trial that lasts more than a few days, that could put a hurt on me financially. And the pay you get from the city is laughable, at $12 a day. Congrats, I make that in half an hour.

So I'm a bit torn, I kind of want to do it, but there's a chance I could be missing out on a few thousand dollars in pay if the trial takes a while. Which would blow.

Granted, if I don't get paid, it's pretty damn easy to get out of jury duty, you basically have to be an idiot not to be able to get out of it.

So I'm kind of torn, do the civic duty, or get paid?

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good luck passing screening bro

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I've been summoned twice for jury duty. There is a section on the paperwork that says "is there anything that would hinder you from being a fair juror?" or something to that effect. I just answered that I was racially and religiously biased. (which of course is not true), but if you want to get out of it, that is the easiest way.

I thought about it too, money or civic duty. At those points in my life, money spoke.


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Well, I live in St. Louis City, so there's a good chance the defendant is black. I could just say "If the defendant is black, he's guilty". Pretty sure that would get me released pretty damn quickly, lol.

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Re: FML: Summoned for jury duty

first off, don't go overboard trying to fail the jury screening questions
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/..._remarks_.html
the judge relented, because it was unfair after all.

in my experience, the judge will try to excuse you if the trial is going to be lengthy and you are not paid by your employer, or if will cause financial hardship. imagine serving 8 months for the OJ trial at $12/day...
if it's going to be a week or less, they may expect you to serve regardless.
if you have a criminal record, or offenses related to the case, the prosecutor will want to exclude you.
if you have relatives in law enforcement, or like you, work for law enforcement, the defense attorney will try to exclude you, but they don't always get their way.


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I don't work for the PD anymore, but my wife still does. But we are / both civilian employees, so that doesn't really change anything.

My criminal record is just one misdemeanor, for traffic violations. So I'm probably not excluded because of that.

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I got summoned for jury duty but got let go after I told them that my childhood best friend's step dad is a CHP officer and his actual dad is a Sergeant with the Sheriff's Office (which is true). The case was about one count of reckless driving and one count of resisting arrest.
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My mom was summoned for Jury Duty in a super awesome Federal Trial that lasted 18 months.
She got paid her salary for it. baller.


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Yeah, in Connecticut, employers have to pay your salary if you are summoned for jury duty.


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