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Old 06-20-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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Has anyone been to jury duty on a CRIMINAL TRIAL? If so, what type of case and what was the outcome?
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Attempted murder with a hammer, guilty was the verdict.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Was selected for the jury on a sexual assault case but the trial was postponed due to "some issues that have come up" while we, the jury, were out of the courtroom.

The state seemed to have no physical evidence and was relying on the testimony of the 13 year old victim. The defendant was 18 years old. We were dismissed because a new trial was ordered and I never followed up to learn the outcome. It didn't look good for the prosecution.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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I have been called up for jury duty one time, in a car theft case. They sent me home. Did not want a white, college educated, woman, who has worked in law enforcement...for some strange reason?!
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I have been called up for jury duty one time, in a car theft case. They sent me home. Did not want a white, college educated, woman, who has worked in law enforcement...for some strange reason?!
Yep i know the feeling dear. I am the daughter of a former police cheif and the granddaughter of a former ada they dont like me on jurys either and am also college educated and white .
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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jury duty for attempted murder of 2 with a gun...guilty as charged
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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For the one's who responded, was it what you thought it was going to be like? Any twists, turns, or for you, shocking moments?
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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For the one's who responded, was it what you thought it was going to be like? Any twists, turns, or for you, shocking moments?

I found the whole experience quite sobering, sad, it was a huge weight on all our shoulders. it was difficult to hear, difficult to not discuss it with anyone at home, it gave me dreams. I felt badly for the victims and for the family who cared about the defendant.

we all took it very seriously and did our best to give the defendant EVERY benefit of the doubt. we bent over backwards to find a justification that was reasonable for his actions and there were none. the only shock really was when the defense was ready to go, the lawyer stood up and said the defense rests. he had nothing to defend. they were hoping he would be found guilty on lesser charges but he was guilty as charged.....last I heard he was appealing the sentence for "bad jury instructions from the judge"
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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I found the whole experience quite sobering, sad, it was a huge weight on all our shoulders. it was difficult to hear, difficult to not discuss it with anyone at home, it gave me dreams. I felt badly for the victims and for the family who cared about the defendant.

we all took it very seriously and did our best to give the defendant EVERY benefit of the doubt. we bent over backwards to find a justification that was reasonable for his actions and there were none. the only shock really was when the defense was ready to go, the lawyer stood up and said the defense rests. he had nothing to defend. they were hoping he would be found guilty on lesser charges but he was guilty as charged.....last I heard he was appealing the sentence for "bad jury instructions from the judge"
Thank you very much. That was quite revealing.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've never served on jury duty but are you allowed to come up with a judgment or is it just to figure out if you vote guilty or not?

If the jury decides the fate of the defendant, why is it that different murderers each get different sentences for doing virtually the same thing?
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