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Jury duty....not

I have escaped again. In 10 years of living in DeKalb County, I've been called for jury duty 3 times, I think, and never yet served on a jury. The last time I had to report, hung around for 3 hours or so answering questions ("Who has State Farm insurance?" "Who has Allstate insurance?"--I gather a lot of the docket that day consisted of people suing their insurance companies), and then was dismissed.

I got a summons for tomorrow, but the recording informs me that only jurors 1 to 260 need report. I'm number 426. Under DeKalb's "one day or one trial" system, that means I'm done. Which is good, as there's lots of stuff piled up at work that I need to tackle.

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trolleypup
Apr. 20th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
Back before I got paid for jury duty, I got called every year. Now, when I get full pay for the length of the trial, I've been called once in 7 years. Much annoyed.
ann_mcn
Apr. 20th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
I lived in Gwinnett for 13 years before I was called, and after much interviewing and very impressive oath taking, was told to report in on Monday to serve on the to be sequestered jury for an appeal to a capital punishment case. He had been convicted 10 or 15 years earlier, and the conviction itself was never appealed. On the Saturday before, the court called, and said that there would be no further trial, that he had promised never to seek parole if the sentence was changed to life.

I did serve on a jury a few years later. The victim in a car accident was suing the offending drivers for much money for his pain and suffering. The jury decided that most of his pain and suffering was due to exaggeration and not following his doctor's orders. Interesting.
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