Why do we have to go to Jury Duty?

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  1. chanroth profile image68
    chanrothposted 7 years ago

    I receive a letter regarding to the Jury Duty, why do we have to go? My fiance was charge $1,500 for not showing up since he was at Cambodia for Dad funeral. What is the reason for going to Jury duty, I just have my first letter today. Doesn't specifically specify why I have to go, just a ticket and tell me where to show up and what time to show up. Anyone know why? My sister went and all she said is sit down and listen.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image74
      Evan G Rogersposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You got jury duty and you did NOT want to go?!

      For the love of god - you're one of the most powerful people on earth while on a jury.

      You get to decide if the person is guilty or innocent... But ALSO if the LAW is a worthy law.

      You're the most powerful person in the country!! You can override the Supreme Court, or an Executive Order, or Congressional Dictate!!

      The concept is Jury Nullification, and WAS taken for granted back in the times of our Founding Fathers. Government don't like the idea, and it has since been pretty much banned from the lawbooks.

      But it matters not - no one can deny you your right as a Jury member to overthrow a law, EO, or Supreme Court decision.

      Here's more info:

      1. LeslieAdrienne profile image81
        LeslieAdrienneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Excellently put Evan.

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        Phillip C Leeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Cmon man. In reality you won't be able to do any of those things. The other members of the jury, are able to override your decision. And they will most likely exclude you from important conversations.

  2. Peter Owen profile image61
    Peter Owenposted 7 years ago

    I guess you missed that civics class one day.
    If you are accused of something, you will be judged by your peers - I'd other people.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image74
      Evan G Rogersposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Not just that, but you can overthrow the LAW ITSELF if you wish.

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    Emile Rposted 7 years ago

    Because that is the way our judicial system is set up. We all get called from time to time. People new to the voting registries usually get called up first around here.

  4. starme77 profile image71
    starme77posted 7 years ago

    The law and Judicial system work when regular - normal people get involved - Jury duty is a good thing - wish I was called - but.... never have been.... haha my decesed father in law keeps getting called though hahaha smile thats so freaking funny - and I think they put out a bench warrent cuz he didn't show up like a year after he passed away hahahaha:) thats freaking funny

  5. leahlefler profile image98
    leahleflerposted 7 years ago

    The Constitution mandates a trial by jury (Article III of the Constitution: "Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed").

    The court will call up a large number of people to "serve" a day - some of those potential jurors will be selected for a jury - the rest will not be selected and will have "served" their time for a certain period of time.

    There are some citizens who are waived from Jury Duty - I was waived two years ago because I care for a person with a disability/complex medical needs. The waiver is not permanent, however, and I will probably be called in a few years again (and will probably be able to serve at that time).

  6. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    Jury Summons

    Effective immediately!

    All your civil rights are forfeit until we say otherwise.

    Report to 123 This Sucks Blvd, 8:00 AM on 12/21/12.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image74
      Evan G Rogersposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Why would anyone NOT want to be a jury member? You're more powerful than ALL of Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court put together.

      You can find the person innocent on the grounds that the law itself is bad.

      Did someone not pay income tax? Do you think the income tax is wrong? You can find that person innocent.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I saw your 3 posts. Congrats! You will never be summoned for jury duty again. Now why didn't I think of that. lol

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, i would love to be called for jury duyt

  7. leahlefler profile image98
    leahleflerposted 7 years ago

    And then there are all the horror stories of people placed in jail for being unable to serve: http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/H … fShame.htm

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    Charlene Marianoposted 7 years ago

    From my own point of view  you should be proud of you jury duty because of it  justice is served in your country fast unlike here in the Philippines a rape victim have to wait decades before a real trial even begin. I know it is a hassle and all but think it this way: your an instrument in delivering speedy justice to both offender and victim. So be proud! I wish Philippine's justice system is patterned to your country.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    Actually, I'd say most of we-the-people are fine with it. It's how the bureaucracy manages/implements it that perturbs many of us. smile


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