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Old 11-01-2011, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I've taken a few criminal justice classes at my uni (might go for it as a major if business doesn't work out) and I've now had to go to court twice as part of an assignment. The first time I just saw arraignments, but the second time was for a high-profile murder trial.

Does anybody else find them fascinating? I assume that there are quite a few people who attend them for that reason, as I can't imagine every person in the courtroom is a college or law student, or reporter, or witness, or family member, or...
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I don't, I work quite a bit but, I have known people who did attend that were not students. Maybe not every trial but ones that they were interested in.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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Working I never had the time to attend trials unless I was called for jury duty. Over the years my number came up often for Magistrate Court, City Court, County Court, Federal Jury duty and I served one year on the Grand Jury in my county. I enjoyed the times I served and never caved when I reached a decision. I served on civil trials and criminal. Civil can get right boring.

I served on one civil case the couple was suing their home builder. The house was shifting and the doors inside would not close they just hung wide open, the cabinets hung open from the foundation shifting. The woman cried during the entire trial ... about drove everyone nuts. But the price they paid for the house was only X number of dollars and they were suing for over a million dollars for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, mental stress. The jury has to listen to 17 civil engineers and construction people. They even loaded us in a van and we had to examine the home.

When that trial was over I could go out and build a house. When you pour the concrete for the foundation it has to be a continuous pour no break in the concrete ... you had to dig deep to the virgin soil. And in the meantime the lady with her box of kleenex sobs and blows her nose.

Right now our local government is suffering financial woes thus the LEO are writing tickets left and right to aid the city coffers. My daughter got a ticket and went to court last week at the designated date and time. She was number 252 waiting to be heard. Lots of traffic violations.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:26 AM
 
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Yes, I attend court to watch various proceedings even if I don't have a case that day. I watched the motions in the John Edwards case the other day.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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There are some I would find interesting...others would be a real snooze fest.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Are there still trials being shown on TV ? I watched the whole Peterson east trial on the old CourtTV. I was at home sick and was mesmerized with the whole thing. I never got into the Peterson west trial and I am soooooo glad. That was about the extent of my trial watching.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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I have never attended a trial, but I would like to one day..
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Are there still trials being shown on TV ? I watched the whole Peterson east trial on the old CourtTV. I was at home sick and was mesmerized with the whole thing. I never got into the Peterson west trial and I am soooooo glad. That was about the extent of my trial watching.
I think it varies by trial and by state. For instance, here's the order from the trial I attended:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Co...ocol_Order.pdf
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Same here...fascinated by true crime



ote=Unique27;21546248]I have never attended a trial, but I would like to one day..[/quote]
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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I have never attended a trial, but I would like to one day..
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Same here...fascinated by true crime
When you are retired you will have the time. I don't know where you live but our county website always has a list of the upcoming cases on the dockets each week.

Also our county court hires retired people as bailiffs escorting the jury in and out.

Our newspaper each week has a list of people called for jury duty from each area . Of course you receive a summons too.

We have a big murder trial coming up unfortunately they had to move it out of the county as the man murdered is a lawyer and former mayor here. There was a conflict of interest with the judges.
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