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nabbed by The Man! [Sep. 29th, 2004|07:12 am]
Just me.
So The Man got me.

I refer of course to that scourge of registered drivers and voters everywhere: Jury Duty.

I have been summoned to appear as a prospective juror in the "Superior Court of King County", which is not in Seattle, but in KENT, 20 miles away. Since I already commute 50 minutes a day to the next county, this isn't as obnoxious for me as it would be for most Seattle-ites, although the 8am start time (I usually have to be to work at either 9am or noon) is rather irritating.

According to their web page, King County Superior Court is a general jurisdiction trial court with responsibility for civil matters involving more than $300, felony criminal cases , family law, including dissolutions, child support, adoptions, parentage, and domestic-violence protection matters , probate and guardianship matters, juvenile offender cases, mental illness, involuntary commitment matters

...so basically, I could get almost any kind of case, from the juicy to the pedestrian (I fear something like a land dispute or securities fraud, or the non Clinton equivalent of Whitewater.

So I got to thinking, there are two ways one can approach Jury Duty:

1) play it straight and try to get on a jury
2) appear in court in such a way that you would be instantly disqualified before they even start the voir dire.

A friend's husband had planned, if ever called, to attempt #2. He was saving a baseball cap with a confederate flag and the slogan "The South will Rise Again!" to wear to his jury appearance. While this wouldn't necessarily work in all parts of the country, he lived in San Francisco, where such redneckery would likely not only cause offense, but probably make the attorneys question his ability to reason and pass fair judgment.

Anyway, it would be fairly easy for me to project the image of "I am no one's peer, and God forbid you'd get a jury made up of people like me" if I wanted to. I have my hipster/ punk Tshirts from my youth (the Ted Bundy autopsy photo shirt with yearbook photos of his known victims on the back, purchased at a SF thrift in the mid 90s, would probably go over really well out here, as Ted was raised in Tacoma and was acquainted with local true crime scribe Ann Rule) and I've just cut my hair to a length that might read as non-heterosexual anywhere outside of Capitol Hill . And that's before they ask me any questions about my views on taking off all zig For Great Justice. If I wanted to, I could easily get both sides' attorneys to want me gone without telling a lie or misrepresenting my views.

So, non binding poll: if you were me, what would you do?

Poll #357993 Jury Doody

what I would do if I got called for Jury duty is:

play it straight
23(82.1%)
attempt to appear non-peerish, ie, break out the Marilyn Manson Tshirt!
5(17.9%)
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-09-29 01:27 am (UTC)
I refer of course to that scourge of registered drivers and voters everywhere: Jury Duty.

Then you've got the Pauly Shore flick Jury Duty, which is the scourge of everyone.
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[User Picture]From: emmycantbemeeko
2004-09-29 07:07 am (UTC)
Wow. They make a Ted Bundy victims yearbook photo shirt?

The Chi Omegas here apparently immediately reject any rushee who mentions or asks about Mr. Bundy and his brief but eventful stay at the FSU Chi-O house. I can only imagine how well that shirt would go over.

It's almost enough to make me want to rush...
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-09-29 11:54 am (UTC)

ted

>>Wow. They make a Ted Bundy victims yearbook photo shirt?

I'm sure it's not an authorized product. :-) But for a buck or two, I couldn't resist. If I remember, it doesn't have any text- just a photo of ted's dead, autopsy-scarred, head on the front, and yearbook pics of pretty girls with long hair on the back.

I can mail it to you for Spring rush... :-)

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[User Picture]From: repoman
2004-09-29 07:13 am (UTC)
If you really want to get out of serving on a jury, when they lawyers ask you if there is anything that would prevent you from being a good juror, tell him, "yes, I don't like you." You're out and you didn't even have to lie...
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2004-09-29 07:29 am (UTC)

Jury duty's kinda fun.

If you get picked, you get to meet 13 random (literally) people and hang out with them for a few days (on average). It's kind of a neat opportunity, although maybe you already meet enough random people at the library.

Plus, you get to hear lawyers talk down to you about two sides of the same story. And if you're lucky maybe you'll see some ruthless cross-examination where someone loses it on the stand.
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[User Picture]From: plymouth
2004-10-01 02:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Jury duty's kinda fun.

I always thought it would be fun. Sadly, I've never been empaneled any of the times I got called (thrice). I just sit around knitting or reading until lunch and then go back to work.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2004-09-29 08:39 am (UTC)
If you have the time, play it straight and serve your time. We need more rational people on juries. Plus, you'll get to lord your sense of civic responsibility over all of your slacker friends.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-09-29 11:48 am (UTC)

As Bill O'Reilly would say:

wait, don't you mean "stoned slackers"?:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6117542/

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[User Picture]From: erikred
2004-09-29 01:42 pm (UTC)

Re: As Bill O'Reilly would say:

d00d, I <3 Jon Stewart.

Jon Stewart pwn3d that interview.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-10-02 11:12 am (UTC)
I love jury duty, and have never understood why I am not kicked off...I had always been told highly educated, analytical types were not desired.

I've been on two juries now, one at the Kent facility, and another time in Chicago. How I stayed on the Chicago trial is one of the greater mysteries of life, as it was someone who was suing the City of Chicago, for whom I worked at the time!!!

But I love it. It is right up there with voting in person as one of my democratic process thrills, where I feel like I can contribute to making this a good country.

Folks may think I am a goody-two shoes wack for believing this, but it was going to get out sooner or later anyways ;)
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