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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

I just got the letter. 2 days, maybe more. As we all do, I have sessions and many coming from other places. I can't reschedule on a day's notice!

What have you all dine about this in the past?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:23 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

In my state (IL), you can typically call and get a re-schedule, but no guarantees.

If you do call, do it right away, be accurate, advise that you have serious business (out of state visitors should be mentioned, if applicable), ask for a new and certain date.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:03 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Yes, in NY, you can usually get at least one (1) postponement.

You could also just get disqualified asap. You hate everyone, you have _very_ strong political convictions, you have five relatives that are whatever occupation the attorneys mention, etc., etc.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:26 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Yeah but, you have to show up to get disqualified.

Also, sometimes people try mebbe a little too hard to get kicked off, and get in varying degrees of resultant trouble, from just being sent back to the jury pool for the whole day to an outright finding of contempt of court.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Claim you're racist. Works 60% of the time, every time.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

In Arizona, you could claim financial hardship since you are self employed. Usually you have to write a letter and submit it a week or so in advance. If that doesn't work, you have to show up and wait to be excused...so worst case you've lost one day.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

I haven't been called back since I wrote that I believe in "jury nullification" ( which is not a lie) on my form.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

I haven't been called back since I wrote that I believe in "jury nullification" ( which is not a lie) on my form.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Snarl 12/8 wrote:
I haven't been called back since I wrote that I believe in "jury nullification" ( which is not a lie) on my form.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

I bet if I go and act in my normal ways I'll be sent packing! -LC
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

TapeOpLarry wrote:
I bet if I go and act in my normal ways I'll be sent packing! -LC



Drop an F-bomb every other effing word.

When they finally let us go home I filled out a little "satisfaction" survey. I wrote in the comments "I've never before seen so many people's time so thoroughly wasted." So don't expect to get off scott free.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Not to preach, and we all have our needs and situations but, if you were a party to a suit or a witness or defendant inna criminal case, would you want someone like you on your jury?

Or avoiding your jury?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:30 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

In IL we generally get more notice than a couple of days. That's weird. Some employers can make the case that you're invaluable and they can't function without you, but since you run your own business that might be tricky.

I'll echo what vvv said. I would not like it if my jury was composed solely of people who were too dumb to figure a way out of jury duty, so I always find a way to show up.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:26 am    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

vvv wrote:
Not to preach, and we all have our needs and situations but, if you were a party to a suit or a witness or defendant inna criminal case, would you want someone like you on your jury?

Or avoiding your jury?


One thing I forgot to say is that maybe your clients will simply be civic-minded enough to be happy to reschedule for you to do your jury duty. Every employer I've had, except one, was very encouraging for me to do jury duty. The only people that gave me shit about not trying to get out of it was the law school I worked at. And then I did the jury nullification thing, which actually kindof shocked me how that knocked me out of contention. I didn't do it on purpose to get out of jury duty.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Jury Duty for pro engineers? Reply with quote

Snarl 12/8 wrote:
vvv wrote:
Not to preach, and we all have our needs and situations but, if you were a party to a suit or a witness or defendant inna criminal case, would you want someone like you on your jury?

Or avoiding your jury?


One thing I forgot to say is that maybe your clients will simply be civic-minded enough to be happy to reschedule for you to do your jury duty. Every employer I've had, except one, was very encouraging for me to do jury duty. The only people that gave me shit about not trying to get out of it was the law school I worked at. And then I did the jury nullification thing, which actually kindof shocked me how that knocked me out of contention. I didn't do it on purpose to get out of jury duty.


Employers are legally required to let you out of work for jury duty.
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