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Old 09-15-2005, 10:35 PM   #1
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Suggestions for avoiding jury duty?

No, this question is not for me but my mother-in-law - she is 56 years old, has been called to jury duty 5 times in the past and was picked to be on the jury 4 of those times. The one time she was excused was because she knew one of the lawyers personally.

She doesn't want to be chosen again but doesn't want to lie, e.g. she won't lie and say she is racist. I suggested not doing her hair and dressing like a slob so she looks uninterested. The instructions say not to wear jeans but it doesn't seem like that would be a horrible rule to break, showing she doesn't follow directions and would be a bad juror. Any other ideas?
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i showed up with daisy one time. i was excused.
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Dressing like a snob is a good idea, particularly if it's an inner city crime...she could say she has adult ADD, but that might be bordering on "lying"
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i've never done jury duty, but i think it would sound like fun
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^yeah, jury duty sounds like fun to me too.
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^ just as long as its not an exorcism case . have you seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose?
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Dress normal.

Then while being viewed by the lawyers begin to shot & scream random phrases out of nowhere.
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Pretend that you don't know the first thing about law, maybe?
... like not even basic stuff everyone knows about... act totally dumb.
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I don't know if it would help or hurt her to mention that her daughter and son-in-law are both lawyers
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^ why do i like that avatar?




i guess the best way to find out how to get out is to ask a lawyer
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I was picked for the GRAND JURY! ... I've yet to receive the money they said I'd get. dammit! I'm broke!!
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...to answer your question:

Go to the jury selection and, as soon as there's a bit of an awkard silence, get up and scream

"I WANNA PUNCH A PUPPY IN THE FACE!!!!!!"

If that doesn't work, nothing will...

best of luck!
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they'd know that she's been in other jury trials. just rest assure that most trials get settled by plea agreements after the jury is selected but before a judgment.
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I had jury duty twice and fell asleep both times because I don't function well during morning hours and was dismised both times. I guess they did'nt appreaicate the loud snoring while court was in session.
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