Originally Posted By mm38:
It's in Dallas County, I'll fill in the juicy details when the trial is over and I'm discharged by the judge. The prosecutor is not hot. Neither of the defense attorneys are hot. Sadly enough there are no hot jurors. The food sucks and there are TSA wannabes at all the entrances. Apologies, courthouse security runs rather smooth and none of them are on a power trip....politeness is a 2-way street...and with some of the characters coming into the building, I don't see how the security guards keep their own heads from blowing up.
You wouldn't believe the excuses people make to get out of jury duty...now I see why Lawdog gets pissed off. I had a couple of cards I could have played to be eliminated...I think everyone does. The law says that I have to show up for jury selection when I received a notice, I'm responsible for getting myself to the courthouse on time (f*kers showing up at 9:30 and 10 when the notice says 8:30 slow the whole process down). I believe that I have the duty to make sure the state meets its burden in proving the defendant guilty. As for the decision on punishment if the defendant is proven guilty...you only find out what you can do when you're put to the test.
Figure it this way, do you want someone on your jury that wants the system to work, that believes in responsibility and duty, that will push themselves to make sure the correct decisions have been made....or the person that shows up so they can get that extra $35 a day to supplement their income?
I'll fill in some more details on the jury selection/elimination. I cannot and will not discuss any details of the trial itself.
Testimony begins in 2 hours.
$35 supplemental income? I don't work, I don't get paid.
I spent the morning in the selection process at George Allen yesterday. We made it to th hallway outside the courtroom and were dismissed.
I'll do my duty if called upon to do so. Though I may kid around about a "Tourettes strategy" to get out of it.