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I wear a suit and tie everyday for work, can I get away with not wearing a tie as a juror?
Also, what are the chances that my dream scenario occurs?
The case will end up looking like an open and shut case for the other jurors, while there is something in the prosecutions testimony just doesn't add up to me. The case will end up consuming my life and I'll lose my job but it won't matter because the truth is all I seek for this uneducated 68 year old man who has been wrongly convicted. While searching the mans house I find new key evidence that will bring the case to trial, but more importantly I find a picture of the old man and his children who he hasn't had a relationship with in 16 years. The old man and I will go on to have a friendship until he dies a quiet and expected death. We will never have much in common but even though he wasn't educated he always had words of wisdom for me. His last words will be him thanking me, not for getting him out of prison, but reuniting him with his children. Hollywood will approach me to buy the rights to the story, I will decline however because I do not want his story to be distorted. I will instead work along side Ray Liota in his directorial debut. Ryan Gossling will be cast as me, obviously, and the old man will be played by Danny Glover.
Meh... I'd go with the popular vote...
Jeans and a shirt is acceptable. You'll find all walks of life in the juror pool...
Don't really give it any thought, odds are pretty good you'll just waste and entire day sitting around as they go through the motions with the panel that was selected. Its kind of fun to watch the strategy between prosecutor and defender as they kick people off the jury. I just had to sit through one of these, it was a bitch. Hoping I don't get called back anytime soon.
You didn't mention where you're serving, but Dr. Leo is right - assuming you don't wear the outfit in which you last changed the oil in your car, you won't be the worst dressed person there.
I believe, and it's just a personal opinion, that a well dressed person is less likely to be selected for a jury. I favor dark suits and dark shirts. Six times served and never selected.
This post was edited by TravelinMan 15 months ago
This is going to be the murder of the decade and you will be held in captivity for weeks.
Last time I got called for jury duty I was put on a trial that lasted a week and a half. Good luck!
This post was edited by y2kMgrad 15 months ago
Who is going to play your love interest in the movie?
You're a grown man. You're potentially conducting formal business. Wear a shirt and tie. Don't contribute to the scumming down of society. Don't dress down to meet the standard of others who will be there and have no class. Save your jeans and baseball hat for when you're mowing the lawn, changing your oil, or having a few beers with the guys at your backyard barbecue.
Wear whatever you want to wear. I served as jury foreman in 2011 on a rape case. We cut the guy loose.
"I think the world is run by C students"
Keep raising your hand and asking if your state has the death penalty. You'll be out before lunch.
True story - I got asked "Does anybody here think a crime was committed?" I raise my hand.
Attorney (in a shocked voice): "You do?"
TravelinMan: "Well... yeah. We wouldn't be here otherwise, right? I'm not saying that guy did it, but I'm pretty sure there was a crime."
I was excused.
I'd have never made that jury either. Somehow I envision the judge describing the case and me muttering "That's hot!"
"Your Honor, it would greatly assist in my decision making if the plaintiff and defendant could reenact their encounter.."
How much can you get away with being a dick while on the jury? You can't get any legal action taken against you, right? just will be excused?
I was summoned for jury duty a couple months after turning 18, I just threw the letter in the trash and nothing ever happened. I guess you could say I'm a bad ass.
I got called for jury duty once, I couldn't do it that day as I had my own court date in the next county over and got excused. I really wanted to do it, hopefully I get called again soon.
"your honor... pics or it didn't happen. Also I'm going to need some bikini shots to make a ruling on which one is likely guilty."
This post was edited by Stils 15 months ago
It depends on how much "dick" you want to enjoy while spending the night in "lock up" after the judge finds you in contempt?
This post was edited by rob 15 months ago
I love that our legal system is based on "Oh shit, this guy's actually intelligent enough to make a sound decision, better get him off the jury."
The last time I had jury duty, I was the second person called from the jury pool, then the first one called up to the jury box for the trial. They tell the potential jurors what the guy was accused of: distribution of narcotics (cocaine) while in possession of a firearm. Busted by an undercover Narc. I sized the guy up, and in my head thought: "He's guilty." But I would do my civic duty and give the guy a fair shake.
Both attorneys asked questions of each potential juror and a few were dismissed for cause. (One guy obviously didn't want to be on the jury and said something to the effect of: "Police officers are always right and I will believe everything they say.") Then they get to the point where they can dismiss you without giving a reason. The defense attorney didn't seem to have a problem with me, then the prosecuting attorney asks the judge to dismiss me! I give him a WTF look. Do I look like a druggy or something? I was on your side, man!
The final jury was made up of several dimwitted college age kids and a couple of retirees and housewives. Seemed like anyone with a real job was dismissed.
I know, cool story bro.
Well, I'm sure he intended the question to be more along the lines of - "How many of you think this guy committed a crime?" or something like that. The way he phrased it though, was odd.
Gun fire in to a house in a suburban Detroit neighborhood. Yeah, I'm pretty damn sure a crime was committed. Now let's get down to whether or not your dude committed it. No? OK, I had better things to do anyway.
I hope a lawyer of all people realizes that he has to choose the way he phrases things very carefully. I have a feeling that he asked exactly what he wanted to ask, and it told him what he needed to know.
My call-in number wasn't picked. I have to go to work now...
This post was edited by GreenBullGreen 15 months ago
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