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Old 12-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #15
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Do what my Wife did (well I did on her behalf)

Contact the court, Tell 'em you are out of state for the winter and can you please re-schedule for sometime in the summer.

Most courts will let you do that one time per call up.

Next time my Wife gets a notice we have an even better answer (She is over the age limit and now is exempt from jury duty less she wishes to serve. which she does not wish to do. She has an unnatural fear of the legal system).
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #16
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I forgot to show for jury duty a few years back. sent a cop for me and made me sat in the court all week, then on friday the judge asked me if i learned anything and i said i sure did. I told him that I learned that our system sucked and working people didn't have a chance. people who could afford a lawyer got off and the rest of us got time.He told me i could go so i went right down stairs to the voter reg. office and took myself off the rolls.I have never been back to a court house again and hope I never have to .and that's a fact JACK!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #17
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I have been called for jury duty once. I did not care for having to miss work, miss pay, and just the pain of it. But this is the system we have and it is a lot better than a lot of other countries, I would rather give somebody the chance to keep their freedom that just condemning them. It is not perfect but it is what we have. Iam an American born and raised here and proud of it. Lets keep our freedoms or before you know it they will be gone and we won't even be able to travel to different states to go rving without permission
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #18
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Don't necessarily have to be on the voting roles in some states, simply drivers license.

For my one occurrence, they ask if any of us had been on a jury before...said sure ... courts martial ... military ... didn't ask anything further ... automatic adios!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #19
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Jury Duty

I served on 3 juries in Houston, Tx. The last time I was called there, I was juror 24. The judge then resat us and I was juror 1. I knew I was going to serve on number 4 until the judge asked if anyone had been the victim of a violent crime. My hand went up and when I said I had been robbed at gunpoint 3 times I could see the attorneys scratching my name off their lists. We moved to a small town in northeast Texas and I was summoned for duty more times than the 30 years I lived in Houston. Haven't had to serve yet, but once I turned 70, I haven't been called since.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:35 AM   #20
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I forgot to show for jury duty a few years back. sent a cop for me and made me sat in the court all week, then on friday the judge asked me if i learned anything and i said i sure did. I told him that I learned that our system sucked and working people didn't have a chance. people who could afford a lawyer got off and the rest of us got time.He told me i could go .and that's a fact JACK!
See, you know how the system works. Doesn't make any difference if you do set on a jury and vote them not guilty. They will just make a slight change to the charge and take the person back to court again, and again.

The kids in my area ;that are of working class families; now grow up expecting to set time in jail. They don't know for what but, it has become a normal part of life here now just like getting a job and having children.

Nobody ever takes it to trail anyway. We've all been taught to let the system take advantage of us and everybody does a plea deal, spends jail time, and goes on about their life.

I'm very sorry to have to say this but, it's all become just a way for the lawyers, and other people, to make money.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:26 AM   #21
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I just received my first ever summons to report for jury duty in Clackamas County, Oregon. There's a postcard included that says you must complete and return it to the court "today". Then, on a different page, it says you have 5 days to get the postcard back to them or you can be held in contempt of court.

So, my question here is, how do some of you full or even part time RVers deal with this situation. If this summons arrived while we were gone for a few weeks, like we just were until Thanksgiving, I wouldn't even know about it until I was in contempt of court!

All of our mail gets held at the post office while we are gone. We have no family or friends that can pick up our mail to look for something like this just in case.
Unless you sign for that postcard how would anyone know that you received it. The way mail is lost and put in the wrong mail box how could they prove that you received it to hold you for contempt
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I was called once, when given the usual questions about did I have any knowledge of violent crime etc, I asked if this was about the case where the 2 young men of a minority status had broken in, robbed, and killed an elderly lady in our community. This had happened about a year previous. After the lawyer didn't saw anything, I told the judge that the defendants to be were guilty as hell and I would gladdly watch them fry!
I was dismissed...
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:46 AM   #23
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Guess my lesson on this subject, was I was sumoned (sp?) earlier this year. While sitting through the "sifting through" process in court, I couldn't believe the excuses the judge dismissed people on... I was never called to a trial , (thankgoodness), but I'll sure remember next time how easy it is (at least with that county judge) to get out of jury duty !! I do believe it's my duty as a tax paying voting citizen to appear, IF You are in the area,,, /full time rv people excluded,, .... Hey, I got a paid day off work,, so I was good !!!
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I should add to my own comments that I wouldn't want to live without the court system or without police , lawyers, and judges. It's just that in my area I believe the system needs to be changed. I'm sorry if my comments were out of line this is just something that I feel passionate about.
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I should add to my own comments that I wouldn't want to live without the court system or without police , lawyers, and judges. It's just that in my area I believe the system needs to be changed. I'm sorry if my comments were out of line this is just something that I feel passionate about.
if you don't like the system in your area. There are about 250 other country's where I am shure the system would be changed. You can even drive your RV to many of them.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #26
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The sent me a card once and said I was in the pool and could be called. They asked if I had ever been convicted of a crime. I said well,, not really but kinda, and it was 20 years ago. They never called me back. If they did I would have said that I would have voted not guilty even if I did thing the guy was guilty. After they took advantage of me 20 years ago I hate the system so much I would rather have the criminal out on the street then the lawyers. In my area the lawyers are the bad guys. You can trust the criminals more then them. We have too many police, too many lawyers, and not enough crime. They take small things and blow them out of proportion because there board and have nothing better to do. They've told me that!
After reading this I thought you were a neighbor of mine here in TN.
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if you don't like the system in your area. There are about 250 other country's where I am shure the system would be changed. You can even drive your RV to many of them.
While I don't necessarily agree with a lot of things I see here, I do believe it is to our advantage to try to change things that are wrong rather than just accept it or leave.

Our founding fathers gave us the 'three box' system to deal with issues like this; 1. the soap box, 2. the ballot box, and 3. the ammo box. The soap box is the first step to affecting change, and only when that fails do we need to move to the other boxes.

I believe in Caveman's duty to try to point out injustice as he sees it, and entice others to join him though his soap-boxing. I hope he doesn't have to move to a different country to find the justice he seeks.
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I agree with the lawyer comment and to some degree the police comment too. I have found in rural America, local income is generated by summonses and arrests for the slightest infractions. Almost always it's a fine, then community service and probation. Do something even slightly wrong while on probation and the above process starts all over again only with stiffer fines. It's how smaller communities generate income.
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