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  1. Been many times in 3 states. Texas was fun because you were subject to County summons and to Justice of the Peace summons.. Last time here in Oregon I was selected and it was a not memorable trail of a teen who violated probation/drugs/minor in possession and took us all of 10 minutes to find him guilty. I’m up again next month after 2 years exempt.

  2. NYC: I told the judge I came from a long lineage of cops. The trial was some dude getting caught selling drugs via undercover cops. I’m not a fan of the cops in my neighborhood cuz they don’t do SHIT so I say fuck them.

  3. My experience was much like Rev. Paul’s: waited for hours, my group was led to a separate courthouse, waited some more. Didn’t get interviewed. Was led back to the Superior Court. Dismissed for the day. Went back to work.
    I was almost looking forward to serving but didn’t even get interviewed!

  4. I just had jury duty last week. I luckily had a low juror number, so I didn’t have to wait a long time before being called into a trial. I went through the whole voir dire process where 12 jurors were selected and I thought I was free. I forgot there were two alternates, and sure enough, I was selected as the second alternate. It was a 2nd and 1st degree assault trial. Essentially, it was a fight between two homeless men. The victim claimed that he was sleeping in his tent when the defendant suddenly started punching and kicking him. The victim received a broken eye socket because of the supposed attack. Victim claims the defendant’s motive was over a theft of a car battery and for not helping in an unrelated fight. The victim was an alcoholic and epileptic. After 6 or 7 40’s, the victim says he was sober and sure of the assailant. The defendant didn’t testify, in what I think was a brilliant move by his attorney. I believe the defendant was guilty, but not beyond a reasonable doubt as there wasn’t enough evidence to find him guilty. The jury deliberated for 20 minutes before finding him not guilty of both counts. I thought it was interesting experience, but would hate to be in a trial with 4-5 day deliberations.

      1. Well, I had to be there two days. However, our first day, the judge dismissed us early at 3 PM. The second day, the trial concluded at about 11 AM. Easiest $30 dollars I’ve ever earned…maybe.

  5. I ended up being picked for a jury and was notified the trial would last a week. I was pretty annoyed. What idiot didnt know how to behave themselves which was now interfering with my life?!

    A 38 year old man was accused of molesting his girlfriends 9 year old daughter. The mother, of course, thought that her daughter was lying. Mind you, this mother had 4 different children from three different fathers.

    I didnt think the prosecutors had a case as it was his word against hers for a better portion of the week. On the final day they produced a sworn written confession with video tape from the man telling his point of the story.

    He stated that often times he would wake in the middle of the night and find this young girl performing oral sex on him. After contemplating the situation for a few moments he would stop the girl and they would get on their knees and pray. He said that he found himself in this situation often.

    It made the whole jury kind of ill. He’s put away.

  6. I have never even been asked, which kind of annoys me. I’m a registered and active voter, and I’ve seen every episode of Law & Order.

  7. Ive sat in the jury pool a few times. Last time my group was selected and we ended up in front of the lawyers and accused, one at a time, for selection. It was for the release of a convicted child molester. They apparently didnt like my response to some questions, since I wasn’t picked.

  8. I was called once, a couple of years ago. Monday through Thursday I just called a number to see if I had to go in. On Friday, when I did go to the courthouse, I sat around until around noon, at which point they announced that the cases scheduled for that day had fallen through and we were being released. I got a signed document saying I’d served my jury duty, and by NY law I wouldn’t be called again for six years. They did call me again the next year, but I faxed over a copy of the document and that was that.

    Basically, it was a paid day off from work for me.

  9. Basically, hurry up and wait.

    Last time was a guy that refused a breathalizer test and there fore said there was no proof that he was drunk. After hearing questions and comments from potential jurors, he decided to plead no contest.

  10. If you have a laptop, they have a room where you can plug it in (I think?) so you’re not bored. You’re in Boston proper? I went in Boston and you fill out a form when you arrive, where you can list any crimes you’ve been involved with or were committed against you that you feel might lean you in any case toward one side or the other. Then you sit in a big ballroom of folding chairs, watch a short instruction film, and then wait. I had to wait all morning, they let us have a lunch break, then came back, then went upstairs when my number was called.

    Sat in the courtroom, they described the case, it was a road rage case that caused an accident between a car and a motorcycle. Then they automatically dismissed anyone who had a conflict of interest (had any dealings with the people or businesses involved, basically, as I recall). Then they interviewed everyone in order of remaining number. The judge asked me a few questions, like did I ever have road rage, and she was looking at the form I had filled out that morning also. I had become tense and jittery and impatient so I was pretty direct with that judge and was dismissed. Just answer the questions. It’s not like a job interview or a cop pulls you over where you’re inclined to lie and sound like a better person than you are – you’re not the one whose on trial here! LOL. But it’s true. Just answer the questions. If you want the job, actually, you might consider lying a little if you have to.

  11. again it was a DUI case. the defendant was apparently claiming he wasn’t drive.

    anyhoo, there were over 300 people not being able to do their regular chores and such because of this asshole, waiting all day for the jury pickin’ procedures. on the low side, lets assume a person’s daily worth is $100. that means this guy’s wasted $30K in that day…. really blows.

  12. Did a murder trial last year. Had to send an 18 yr old kid to prison because his friend shot and killed someone when they tried to rob a gas station. Kid got 52 yrs – no possibility of parole. Murder trials are tough – I cried every day of the trial. If you want to get on a jury, I’ll hope you get a DUI case of something. Those aren’t too tough – did one of those a few years ago as well.

  13. I’ve sat on two juries in CA. The first was a half-day case of a parolee who thought it would be a good idea to toss his gun out the window during a routine traffic stop. I think he chose to go to trial just to break the boredom since he put up absolutely no practical defense.

    The second was a serial child molester. That was a hard one to stomach. This guy was convinced that his victims were in love with him. Two and a half days of jury selection and one week for the trial. Never did find out what his sentence was.

  14. I was put on notice about once a year when I lived in NY state. But my numbers were always high enough that be the end of the week I never actually had to go in. But each day I had to call a number to see if they needed me the next day. Man was that a hardship.

    Since I moved to NH 13 years ago I haven’t been called once. I guess we have less crime here.

    1. In NH, don’t you get called for jury duty for the entire week? Or is that just a vicious rumor to make us Massholes feel better about you’re not paying sales nor income taxes.

  15. I was called to sit on a capital murder case. Even though I’m absolutely against the death penalty, I told them I thought I could set my feelings aside and follow the court’s instructions regarding the death penalty. What I found out was, there are no instructions. The choice between life and death is purely subjective – based on what a juror feels and thinks.

    I was eventually kicked off. One juror who stayed spoke virtually no English. Another was so vindictive I think she would have killed the defendant herself if she had the chance. The defendant’s lawyer was 80-something and kept calling the defendant by the victim’s name. It was a tragic farce.

    He was eventually found guilty and sentenced to death. Justice.

    The defendant was 18, brown, and dirt poor.

  16. I have been called three times. The last 2 times I was not needed but the first time was fun. They needed a volunteer for the Grand Jury. In a room full of about 50 people, I was the only one to raise my hand! As a result, I sat on a Grand Jury which decided if potential cases should proceed to court. An added benefit was that we got to do a huge tour of our local Federal Prison “where we could be sending these people”. I love jury duty and would never turn it down.

  17. I have been called once and interviewed once. I am a federal investigator and for some reason the defense caught this but the prosecutors did not. When be interviewed the defense brought my occupation up and the prosecutors heads whipped around and stared at me. It was a drug case but the defenses strategy in trying to select me backfired on them while we were discussing elements of proof. I was basically questioning him back and was promptly booted. Waste of my morning. Oh well. It was fun watching the defense attorney get annoyed though 🙂

  18. I got called in a couple of times two years ago. the first case was an assualt that I had remembered reading about in the paper (it happened on new years eve) I got called up to the judge’s desk so they could ask me what I remembered. Apparently they like you to whisper when you are standing in front of the judge at his desk – as if it’s a fucking church or something! I got scolded for not whispering. as it turned out they let me go. but since I didn’t “fulfill my civic duty” in the state’s eyes, they called me again. this time I was really pissed because I already knew I’d be wasting a whole day inside and not at work.
    I discovered that the attorneys truly seem to not want anyone educated on the jury. I was amazed at the people who got kicked off. when they came to me I was just too much of a bitch for them to deal with. The case was identity theft. Since I have been a victim of that they asked if I could put my feelings aside and be fair and impartial. I told them I could not (which was true – I’m still pissed about it to this day). they told me to leave.
    tldr: if you don’t want to serve on a jury just be an intelligent bitch (or a dick)

  19. Served on a first degree murder trial while my family went on vacation.

    Fascinatingly gross. Heartbreaking that a young girl and her baby were dead. Scary to watch the defendant’s buddies on the witness stand look at us. Satisfied in knowing our justice system works- the jury kept notebooks and we relied on them during deliberations. We became close during the weeks of the trial and the details are still quite clear to me now.

    It was a publicized trial. We on the jury were worried about retaliation and we were kept back for hours after the trial (judge came in and sat with us and counseling was also offered due to the graphic nature of the crime).

    It’s not an experience I care to repeat. Hours of viewing coroner’s slides of gunshot wounds to the head was hard to sit through. Jury selection was grueling- they wanted people who had personal experience with someone who committed suicide or attempted it to be on the jury (the defense was arguing that the murder was in fact a suicide but evidence was definitely lacking for that). The jury pool was grilled hard and brought up painful memories for many and many of the final group was sobbing into Kleenex as the trial got underway.

    Still, it was by no means dull.

  20. Called many times, never selected. Bring a book. In my CA county, we’ve got the call-the-day-before gig, but last time, the court was so backed up that my battery ran out on my e-book reader. I will bring a large novel in the future.

    I think I’ve never been picked because I always say that I look upon police officers as human (having worked with many).

    Actually, until I got called in December, I thought I was on the do not call list, as I was rather dramatically told to leave the courtroom on my previous call-in. Um, as I recall, as prospectives, we were asked if we would take the testimony of a police officer as truth if the judge told us to accept it as truth (there being no other witnesses). Another woman and I were pretty adamant that we wouldn’t since we know that police officers are as fallible as any other human. The judge really questioned us and finally told us to leave and never darken his courtroom again. I’m still puzzled as to why he got so worked up about the whole thing.

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