Another time, the defendant looked like someone I knew and it came to me in a flash. I told the lawyers that I KNEW the defendant from somewhere but couldn’t put my finger on when and where. I was out of there in 10 seconds.
Hey, this is a pretty good idea!
Whenever I think of jury duty, I always perform these kinds of exercises in my mind, figuring out what answers I would give and how I would act in a manner that would assure my not getting picked to serve. I have NO interest in serving on a jury ever. I was called in once when I was around 19, but my dad is a cop and I was able to say so and be dismissed immediately. I don’t live in America now, but when I do move back, I plan on having a couple of these strategies that assure a very short interview, should I be called in again.
I’m always amazed that prosecutors/defense attorneys are able to cobble together juries of 12 people time after time after time. Are that many people really serving jury duty?[/quote]
Hey, if my trick worked once, it’ll work again. Or use a variation of it.
They usually grab 40 people at a clip to question, going for 12 and 1 or 2 alternates. Evidently there are a lot of jurors in the system. When I do a call-in, I first get a notice and am assigned a number by mail. Then I call and they say something like “…if you are number B1000 through B1500, report to…”. So there are literally thousands of people cycling through my local court system at any given time.
If they can’t get 12 out of the first 40, they will call the jury room for another 10 or so. I’ve seen at least 5 in a row excused, including myself. I really have no desire to sit on a jury since some of it sounds so rigged from the instructions that the judge gives out.