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Old 10-14-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Passed out on the trail to Hanakapi'ai
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----You still have to go there--

why ?

Texas should run their system like many other states..
You new to Texas?
Texas doesn't run like any other state and they are damned proud of it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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actually it is the LAW which dictates what evidence is allowed to be presented at trial--and that evidence and the preponderance of doubt and the viability of witnesses are what a jury is supposed to base its decision on--those and the parameters of the law involved--
not what someone on the jury believes is "moral"---which might be more or less harsh than what the law supports...
a jury is not supposed to allow personal belief systems to override the evidence and law of the case to arrive at a verdict
12 Angry Men is a perfect case in point
Jurors have the prerogative to judge the law if they choose. This was used widely during Prohibition, when many people believed the laws banning alcohol were unjust, and thus, as jurors, refused to prosecute people of violating alcohol laws.

That power still exists with jurors today, though judges don't like to tell people about it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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----You still have to go there--

why ?

Texas should run their system like many other states.

Where I live you get a jury notice well in advance and are told you have to mail an appeal if you believe you can't serve.

You then are assigned a number and given dates that you must call in to see if you have to report. A recorded message reads off the numbers ID of the people who actually have to come in amd show up.

Many people where I live ( myself included) have recieved jury notice and never had to go to the courthouse.
Boy, that would be great but not in Texas.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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You new to Texas?
Texas doesn't run like any other state and they are damned proud of it.

Great !

Then be ---damned proud--of driving in, sitting on your asses all day and getting sent home for nothing .
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Texas
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How do you get out of Jury Duty?



Tell them you're afraid the trial will interfere/conflict with your KKK meetings.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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In TX, you can get one extension if you can't make it on the day they give you for a good reason, nut there's no point in putting it off. Just git 'er done!

eyewrist: "Man's law"? You must know we can hardly have courts based on a particular religion's tenets. That would open a colossal can of worms.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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In TX, you can get one extension if you can't make it on the day they give you for a good reason, nut there's no point in putting it off. Just git 'er done!

eyewrist: "Man's law"? You must know we can hardly have courts based on a particular religion's tenets. That would open a colossal can of worms.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, north TX
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Most people just sit around in jury duty waiting to be called all day and if you are unlucky you get called for the voi dire process. THERE is where you can "lie" and get out of a trial....
I wouldn't need to lie to get out of it. When questioned by the lawyer, I'd just say that if I'm selected, I will find the defendant guilty. I figure one of the lawyers will dismiss me.

I've never been called for jury duty, so have no real advice.
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