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Re: jury duty
  • 10/22/2013 2:57:21 PM
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Sign me up for giving blood versus long agenizing waiting for something to happen. I've only been a juror once and it was a terrible experience.

The reality of information access
  • 10/17/2013 2:26:15 PM
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Before Social Media high powered law firms would hire jury consultancy firms to investigate the jurors to assure there wasn't anything in their background to cause bias. Unfortunately, as jurors we don't have the same opportunity if called to a case, your example demonstrates some of the negatives of our judicial system and how it can impact someone trying to serve their country. I hope all was resolved for you. The internet and social media will continue to be fair game for investigating jurors because there is very little that can be done to restrict access. Jurors beware.

Re: jury duty
  • 10/17/2013 2:16:31 PM
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Hah! If there's an upside to being a federal employee these days we might just have to settle for it being that it'll get you out of jury duty. Sad, right?

Re: jury duty
  • 10/17/2013 1:45:27 PM
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Or, you can be a federal employee....I'm sure that will get you out of jury duty.

Re: jury duty
  • 10/16/2013 8:53:32 PM
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@Jeff, I am not sure you even need that note from your employer --- at least where I used to do jury duty. I pulled a similar stunt once when I first started a new job --- said I couldn't do jury duty because I didn't have any time or time off while on probation at my new job --- and bango ... no jury duty, no note.

Re: jury duty
  • 10/16/2013 5:47:58 PM
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Here is an easy trick.  Just have your boss write a note saying 'we need this person for an important project right now.'  Jury duty over.

 

I've done this twice.  Granted I did have deadlines to hit, but they were....let's say not as firm as we made them out to be.

Re: jury duty
  • 10/16/2013 9:25:25 AM
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@Beth perhaps it varies by state. I've heard that in NY even lawyers don't get off any more. 

Re: jury duty
  • 10/16/2013 8:41:18 AM
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Ah, I see -- you've got the captive audience and give them the option of heading to the blood draw room or the jury box. I was thinking more along the lines of "check this box" on the jury card that comes in the mail. 

I personally haven't been called for jury duty since I was 22 years old. That's a ways back -- but I won't say how long! I begged over saying I was a journalist, and haven't been called back. But you would think, with the modern digital world, that excuse doesn't have much baring any longer. 

 

Knock on wood!

Re: jury duty
  • 10/16/2013 8:23:58 AM
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@Michael quites so. One of the excuses suggested was saying "I know if somoene is guilty just by looking at him."

As for the blood correspondence, it's an interesting idea for things that could be scheduled.I  belive hospitals also like to have reserves of all types in demand -- in case of accidents and other unscheduled events necessitating blood. Now, I'm sure it's possible to make some predictions about when certain types will be needed, but those would just be guesses that would have to take weather, inclination to drunk driving, and various other factors into account.

Re: No.
  • 10/16/2013 8:16:08 AM
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I have a few real life friends who have the most insane social media personalities you'd wonder how they are still alive.  In truth the persona on social media is very different than how they behave in the real world.  It's a bit of comic relief for them so much so that when one was recently robbed everyone had to ask if he was serious.  Until there is a law that everything you post on a social media site has to be 100% truthful and accurate it won't be useful for things like jury selection.

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