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Confession: I am outraged I have to report for jury duty

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A. I will be in the third trimester by then. Being hugely pregnant is NOT a viable excuse.

B. I have a toddler. They don't care about that. It is not permitted to take kids with you to the courthouse.

C. If they make me go BACK in a few months, I'll be nursing a newborn. Breastfeeding is not a viable excuse either. I DO NOT pump! I am a SAHM so I do not need to pump (pumping sucks - anyone who does that regularly gets hugs from me!)

D. My friend who had catastrophic injuries after falling from a great height about a year ago has been called to serve. SHE HAS A FUCKING BACK BRACE and is having surgery on her back *again.* She barely can do anything at this point. O.0 I think anyone with a BACK BRACE who cannot sit for long periods whatsoever should be automatically excused without having to show up. She has a long ass drive to get there.

I think anyone with painful disabilities/long-term injuries should not have to show up. Anyone with under school age kids shouldn't have to serve. Any woman/SAHDad  who has an infant shouldn't have to serve!

FML.

If they do not automatically excuse me due to being pregnant I will force the issue by somehow letting it be known that I am a filthy dirty Canadian socialist that believes in same-sex marriage rights, universal health care, taking care of poor people, free college education and I dunno...I'll come up with something offensive that will make them think I am too biased. 

If I didn't have small kids/fetus I would serve, seriously.


Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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ExquisiteMomof2
by PHOTOGMOM on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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That's how it is here in AZ as well.

The first year I registered to vote, I was summoned by jury duty three times. I tried top use the excuse that I had already been called Abe could not be called again for two years. Yeah that's only for the same level court. :-( I ended up being on the jury for the federal level, state level and my local city level. I tried EVERYTHING to get dismissed. I thought that being a criminal justice Major in school would help me get dismissed, nope.

Luckily, I have not been summoned again since then.


Quoting Anonymous:

Are jury exemptions not the same everywhere? Here (tx) if you have a child under two and you are primary caregiver with no child care-you are exempt and don't even have to show up-just check the form and mail it back in...
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 12 on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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 that is stupid. My ob I know would write me up a letter for being on bedrest, which I am not technically. That BLOWS. I would be pissed to.

Quoting Anonymous:

Like I said, pregnancy is not an excuse to get out of showing up. I asked the OB and he said NO. :(

My friend already got one deferrment (they wanted her right after her accident lol!) You only get one deferrment here. We are both boned.

It is so dumb.

Quoting Anonymous:

 Get a note from your dr. They legally have to accept it. Same with your friend.

 

 

illinoismommy83
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Where do you live? How strange. 

I would show up with my kids in tow and ask where the free daycare is :) If that doesn't work, I'd get up to pee every 10 min because you are in your 3rd trimester. Like, leave midsentence because your baby shifted on your bladder.

Jury duty is great and all, but I agree, its not for everyone. I have never been called, but I know if they called me before my kids were in school I'd just show up with my kids. They have never been to daycare. I wouldn't even know where to take them. My "babysitters" work full time and only babysit in the evenings. I have to schedule all of my school exams in the evenings so DH is home with the kids.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 15 on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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You should just suck it up. That's what being an adult is about. Doing things we don't necessarily want to, but have to.
Nicoleb9
by Emerald Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Tell them you hear voices inside your head telling you that the defendant is already guilty.
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IhartU
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

 IMO, they shouldn't be able to force anyone to serve on a Jury. So it's your 'civic duty' but who the hell wants a disgruntled person with an 'I don't give a shit' attitude making a decision whether you're guilty or not? Why do the accused have to put their fate in the hands of people who don't want to be there?

ramonafrog
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Same thing I thought. (I'm in tx too)

Quoting Anonymous:

Are jury exemptions not the same everywhere? Here (tx) if you have a child under two and you are primary caregiver with no child care-you are exempt and don't even have to show up-just check the form and mail it back in...
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Nicoleb9
by Emerald Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
That's what I thought until I did it. Most trials are boring as hell. It's not like the theatrics you see on TV. Sooo disappointing.


Quoting cLanief:

I'd kill to do jury duty. So go, and when they ask a. Question.. Start talking crazy or take pee breaks every 5 mins.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 16 on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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That would be the excuse I'd use. I'd show up all excited and be like, oh, I hope this is going to be like an episode of Criminal Minds. I like Law and Order and all, but I wanna be on a super exciting jury with an interesting crime. I mean, yeah, a guy who raped 3 chicks is interesting, but a serial killer who kills with a spoon would get me a book deal after the trial is over! Lets do it :D :D :D

Quoting Anonymous:

Dont fight it too much. They like to put people that do not want to be there on juries. Too many people are law and order buffs and are way to excited to be there and think they know everything, and they tend to taint a jury.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 14 on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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Quoting Anonymous:


his Dr.said he is to be excused, they don't have the authority to overturn doctors orders just b/c they want to.
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