Comments: It's my turn.

I'd like to indict a ham sandwich, myself.

Posted by caltechgirl at October 26, 2005 12:45 PM

I *LOVE* jury duty, too. I hardly ever get to serve, though. The one time I actually got on a trial, I was the head juror, too.

The judge didn't like us (the jury) when we asked if we could fine the plantiff instead of having the defendent have to pay...

Posted by Ogre at October 26, 2005 01:04 PM

I too love jury duty, but never get picked!

Posted by oddybobo at October 26, 2005 03:45 PM

I served on a jury once, and I was happy to be there. It was a land dispute, which was kind of a bummer (I wanted a criminal case, dammit!), but it still felt good. I'm just waiting to be called again. I'd love it!

And yes, serving on the Grand Jury would freakin' ROCK!

Posted by Wes at October 27, 2005 12:03 AM

Scary Bob was framed! Framed, I tell you!!

Posted by Graumagus at October 27, 2005 12:13 AM

Yes, Bob was! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

Let that be a lesson to ALL of you!

Posted by Harvey at October 27, 2005 07:54 AM

I'd like a crack at being on a jury. The only time I was called for duty, I never made it on a jury - which disappointed me a bit.

Posted by Barb at October 27, 2005 02:15 PM

I want to serve on a Jury too, but everytime I get called (it's once a year with the system they have now) I never get picked.

They don't like the fact that I am a college educated girl, turns the defense off big time.

Posted by Machelle at October 28, 2005 07:33 AM

I get called to jury duty every 3 or 4 years and I'm in my 50's so I have lots of experience. I think most of the would-be jurors in this discussion are a bit naive.

First of all - as a jury, ALL your trial information is filtered through 2 teams of lawyers more interested in WINNING than getting at the truth. Jurors can't ask questions, cross-examine witnesses, or do independent research. Imagine trying to choose a car by ONLY listening to advertisements from Ford and Toyota - and NEVER getting to check JD Powers, Consumer Reports, state "lemon law" stats, talk to other people who own the car, and never getting to read Car & Driver or Road & Track, never going online to car-discussion forums, never looking under the hood and never getting to do a test drive!!

That's what it's like to be a juror. You are just passive sheep getting carefully filtered information from people who have a vested interest in selling you their POV! AND you're treated like a slave. You are forced to abandon your job and livelihood for an unpredictable period of time that could last for weeks or months! You are ordered around, told when to sit and stand, and always told to shut up. It's a violation of your rights under the 13th Amendment (involuntary servitude) but people put up with it out of a sense of duty.

Also, PLENTY of civilized countries with good systems of justice that do as good or better than us at protecting the rights of the accused and running fair trials hardly EVER use juries. Most countries in western Europe, for example hardly ever use juries. So it it simply not true that a fair system of justice requires juries - that's not the only way to run a trial.


Posted by p nelson at November 15, 2005 09:55 PM