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Tens of thousands in South Florida skip out on jury duty
South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2011 | Georgia East

Posted on 04/17/2011 8:20:33 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

About two out of three people summoned for jury duty each year in South Florida don't show up. Although some are exempt, tens of thousands simply brush it off.

And while skipping jury duty is against the law, few are punished because court staffers say the process would be too costly and time consuming.

The spike in no-shows follows a change in who is being summoned. Jurors used to be chosen from voter registration databases, but the state in 1998 switched to driver's license rolls as a way to widen the pool.

(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: jurors; juryduty

1 posted on 04/17/2011 8:20:38 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sit in a small waiting room all day long watching CNN on the tv on the wall, come back and do the same thing the next day and you’ll think twice about answering a call to jury duty.

Oh, I forgot, you are excused every two hours, to go feed the parking meter.


2 posted on 04/17/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: ConservativeStatement

I have ignored jury duty on numerous occasions. Jury duty is forced servitude. If forced, I will certainly appear but I will not voluntarily serve.

I was called for jury duty in Austin TX one time. The instructions indicated that you must not be late. I arrived in the parking lot with plenty of time to spare but I could not find the appropriate parking area. I walked in about 1 minute late just after the door was closed to the courtroom. I was certainly not alone with perhaps 30 to 50 people arriving after me. After 30 minutes, the officer announced that everyone late was dismissed. Sometimes, it does pay to be late.


3 posted on 04/17/2011 8:29:26 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: ConservativeStatement
I recently got called up and was not into serving at all. I have a lot of stressful things going on and could not give my full attention to the trial. Therefore, I would not make a good juror.

There were several others who immediately raised their hand and "begged off". But, there were also a lot of people just dying to be chosen. They we adamant about how fair they could be and how they had absolutely no prejudices at all.

I came away thinking that the courts should have a way for volunteer jurors to offer their time.

4 posted on 04/17/2011 8:31:06 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Nyah.........I was alerted for Jury Duty when I was overseas. The spouse told them where I was, and their response: Prove it.

I emailed them from my duty station on official letterhead stating that I was overseas, yet they responded that they expected me to be present in 3 days.

My response- F.U.

Too many localities think they can dictate a citizens movement, or require ton of paperwork to justify those moverments.

5 posted on 04/17/2011 8:32:24 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Those who refuse to serve on a Jury don’t deserve a jury trial.


6 posted on 04/17/2011 8:35:18 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Article Three, Section Two and Amendments Six and Seven leave us with a mudled view of what the jury system supposedly entails.


7 posted on 04/17/2011 8:38:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ThomasThomas
Why is Joe citizen forced to obey the law when illegals are exempt from all laws. Hell tell the judge to stick it.
8 posted on 04/17/2011 8:39:10 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Sarajevo

Stay Safe !


9 posted on 04/17/2011 8:40:24 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I was called for local jury duty on April 4th. I got eliminated - presumably because of my job as records manager for the Clerk of Courts in our county.

And, goody, I was also on call for the past two weeks, for Western District Federal Court jury duty. Again, I didn’t get chosen.

Hey, they say it’s a priviledge.

Who knew?


10 posted on 04/17/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT by sneakers ("Obama is like the dog that chased a car and caught it. Now he doesn't know what to do with it.")
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To: ThomasThomas

Jury duty is the civic responsibility of every legally qualified adult citizen. In my opinion,if you fail to show for more than one jury summons, then you forfeit voting privilege for say—five years.


11 posted on 04/17/2011 8:44:44 PM PDT by Nevada Outback (Nevada Outback)
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To: Graybeard58

Your post is spot on.

A juror really is a kind of judge.

So a juror should really get the perks that a judge gets: free parking at the courthouse, a spacious and comfortable waiting room, and respect for you and your time.

I know, that would all cost money. But until that happens, I can see why many folks avoid a second jury duty call.


12 posted on 04/17/2011 8:48:33 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern, you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’ve been called twice, but never selected as a juror. I’m an attorney, so I’ll probably never be chosen. I’d rather like to serve (in a short trial) just to see what a trial is like from a juror’s perspective.


13 posted on 04/17/2011 8:51:15 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: org.whodat
Why is Joe citizen forced to obey the law when illegals are exempt from all laws. Hell tell the judge to stick it.

In my job my work was critical to my employer. The judge would not exempt me, despite my excuses. So okay, I'm in, put me in jurors chair #1. Then the lawyers start hitting me with questions, including whether I could be fair to an illegal alien. I said as loud as I could, for everyone in the courtroom to hear "yes, as long as he's not breaking any laws". Everyone laughed out loud.

The plaintiff was an illegal alien suing a landowner after the illegal was trespassing and burglarizing and injured himself. His lawyers wanted me off the jury and the judge dismissed me. Darn.

14 posted on 04/17/2011 9:00:37 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: ConservativeStatement
In my county with a very small population, I get jury duty notices at least twice a year. I have ended up on a jury panel twice and have used this as my guide:

ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1804): Jurors should acquit even against the judge's instruction...."if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."

15 posted on 04/17/2011 9:16:03 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Florida’s jury pool selection law is moronic. The mathematics of it would make a bookie insane. I’ll not write an explanation here, but when I tried to explain to the clerk’s office in Polk county how flawed the methodology was, the shuffling, drooling zombies couldn’t comprehend what I was talking about.

When I lived there I got called 8 times in 15 years, served on several. In the same time, no one on my street, including my wife, got called.

The ultimate stupidity of Polk County:

Some years ago, TWO YEARS after we moved to Kentucky, my wife received a jury summons from Polk County (addressed to our KY address!! NOT forwarded) We had sold our FL home, retitled our cars (including notifying the state of FL of taking residence in KY) & turned in our FL driver licenses. We had absolutely NO legal ties to FL, of any sort for over two years.

Still makes me mad when I think about it.


16 posted on 04/17/2011 9:28:37 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Baynative
But, there were also a lot of people just dying to be chosen. They we adamant about how fair they could be and how they had absolutely no prejudices at all. I came away thinking that the courts should have a way for volunteer jurors to offer their time.

One problem with such volunteer jurors is that they are not what the judge and the lawyers want to see in the box. These people are probably retired, well off, competent, and are ready and able to be jurors ... that's exactly opposite to what the professionals in the courtroom want. The judge wants jurors that are easy; best if they know nothing at all because then they accept anything that lawyers say as truth. The recent trial(s) of Jammie Thomas are quite representative in this aspect because the jurors spoke after the trial and demonstrated, for all to see, their complete lack of clue.

Multiple juror experiences of such volunteers would also educate them beyond what is desirable. They'd become semi-professionals who are actually aware of their rights and not always willing to reject common sense.

In other words, jurors are like politicians - "if you want the job then you shouldn't get it." A juror has certain power over people; if chosen randomly and rarely, this can't be exploited. But if your neighbor is spending his time in courts day after day he becomes a somewhat important person, without being elected or hired by the parties.

17 posted on 04/17/2011 9:37:04 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: ConservativeStatement

South Fla has a lot of illegals...and using the Dr License means they get summons....but they ain’t showing up....they could get deported


18 posted on 04/17/2011 9:37:56 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Stop Obama....Boycott Beck)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Three states I never want to live in:

Florida
New Jersey
California


19 posted on 04/17/2011 9:40:15 PM PDT by Palladin (Trump Card: Obama's birth certificate.)
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To: ThomasThomas

Those who refuse to serve on a Jury don’t deserve a jury trial.


There will always be enough volunteers to serve for meaningful criminal trials.

Civil litigants should pay the jury enough to ensure they get one.


20 posted on 04/17/2011 9:46:25 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Palladin
Three states I never want to live in:

Florida

New Jersey

California

Good, we don't want you anyways.

21 posted on 04/17/2011 9:52:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Huntress

Ibid. - I would love to serve. Never have gotten past the questionaire - “Occupation: Scientist”

Somehow, they don’t wan’t me.


22 posted on 04/17/2011 10:00:15 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber thigns in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: Huntress

I receive jury summons all the time and have served on many juries. A relative was chief investigator for the DA’s office and I worked at the most prestigious country club in town so I knew all the judges and attorneys. If I ever got called for the interview they would keep me every time. It is not fun.
There were plenty of idiots on the jury every time I have been on one. I was on an attempted murder case and noticed one of the gals sleeping. When we went to the jury room and was discussing the case she didn’t remember part of the trial and wanted to have the clerk called and part of the testimony reread. I out and out told everyone no, that she should have stayed awake and she would have know what was what.
Every trial I have been on has had some idiot like her or a big butted liberal teacher who can’t think rationally.
Be thankful they excuse you. Lol


23 posted on 04/17/2011 10:01:21 PM PDT by sheana
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ay carumba and oy ve!


24 posted on 04/17/2011 10:07:29 PM PDT by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Citizen rebellion against the corrupt Trial Lawyer Industry.


25 posted on 04/17/2011 10:11:05 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I always found showing up wearing a confederate flag tie and saying I would never convict somebody facing the death penalty or drug charges would get me a walk every time.


26 posted on 04/17/2011 10:13:39 PM PDT by WalterSobchak2012
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To: ConservativeStatement

Who in hell can afford to go to jury duty? With gas at 4 bucks a gallon, lost jobs, wages cut, hours cut... Most struggling just to pay their mortgages, if they still have homes etc..

Jury duty is punitive and unaffordable in today meat grinding economy.


27 posted on 04/17/2011 10:36:49 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: org.whodat
Why is Joe citizen forced to obey the law when illegals are exempt from all laws.

We're not only expected to obey, but we're forced to *pay* for the illegals that totally ignore the laws.

Who they kidding?

28 posted on 04/17/2011 10:47:27 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Graybeard58
I, for one, have grown tired of watching liberals excuse the heinous acts of criminal offenders for reasons ranging from a 'he had a bad childhood' to 'he didn't mean to do it'. I gladly respond every time I am called and have more than once been the sole voice of sanity on the panel.

Tired of seeing criminals turned loose for a variety of liberal excuses? Serve on a jury.

29 posted on 04/18/2011 1:17:41 AM PDT by South40 (Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Huntress

To me, serving is a privilege. I’ve been on three, including a DUI case just last October, and each and every time I served I was glad to do it. Call me a patriot, call me civic minded, heck, call me nuts; I just think we all owe it to society to do our share to carry the load.


30 posted on 04/18/2011 1:23:54 AM PDT by South40 (Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Citizen rebellion against the corrupt Trial Lawyer Industry.

Exactly!

Well put, my FRiend.

31 posted on 04/18/2011 1:25:17 AM PDT by South40 (Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: South40
Tired of seeing criminals turned loose for a variety of liberal excuses? Serve on a jury.

I'd like to Serve on a jury. I've been called four times and answered the call three of them, the fourth, I genuinely forgot about it.

Six days of my life sitting in a small room waiting to be questioned for a trial.......and nothing. They call way too many people, around here anyway.

32 posted on 04/18/2011 4:46:52 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Baynative

I was on a month-long case in CA. One of the most horrible experiences I’ve had. There was more discussion in the Jury room about one of the attornies’ outfits and high heels, and the geekiness of the other attorney, than the facts of the case. The attornies’ attractiveness, or lack thereof, actually had a huge influence in the jury’s decision. Of course, half of the jurors were 12-year-old bank VPs. OK... maybe they were 22. Young, shallow Californians. (Is that an oxymoron?)

Since then, I’ve had no confidence in our system of justice.


33 posted on 04/18/2011 5:13:10 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Greysard
One problem with such volunteer jurors is that they are not what the judge and the lawyers want to see in the box. These people are probably retired, well off, competent, and are ready and able to be jurors ... that's exactly opposite to what the professionals in the courtroom want.

It would depend on the venue in question. My experience with volunteer jurors is that they are often neither retired nor well-off, but rather tend to be homeless panhandlers who supplement their daily "will work for food" activities with the occasional meal provided by the court. I suspect that is true in most urban areas.

34 posted on 04/18/2011 5:18:39 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Professional Juries.

Make them up of the racial, age and gender makeup of the US so no arguments of not being judged by a panel of my peers. Voir dires would become almost non-existent and trials could start earlier. Volunteers could be used as alternates.

Also do away with the unanimous jury decision. It lends itself to jury nullification by those seeking social justice through the jury box.


35 posted on 04/18/2011 6:04:50 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Nevada Outback
Jury duty is the civic responsibility of every legally qualified adult citizen. In my opinion,if you fail to show for more than one jury summons, then you forfeit voting privilege for say—five years.

I like that idea. 

36 posted on 04/18/2011 7:04:50 AM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1804): Jurors should acquit even against the judge's instruction...."if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."

Excellent. For some reason, I never get called.

37 posted on 04/18/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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To: Molon Labbie
Also do away with the unanimous jury decision. It lends itself to jury nullification by those seeking social justice through the jury box.

Yes, because lord knows we shouldn't expect anything resembling justice from a jury box.

38 posted on 04/18/2011 7:13:16 AM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
I have heard somewhat similar stories. I also recall reading about a cat receiving jury duty. So many jokes about that possibility.
39 posted on 04/18/2011 7:32:11 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Palladin
The county where I live in California has the best system for jury duty system of any I know of. The last two times I have been called I was not required to show up at the courthouse. We are asked to call or go to an internet site to check to see if are group has been called. This information is avialible the day before around 5pm. If your group is called in you are there only one day unless you get called to a courtrroom. One day or one trail when your called in.
40 posted on 04/18/2011 2:38:02 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: ThomasThomas

Well I’m glad someone is doing it right!


41 posted on 04/18/2011 7:44:39 PM PDT by Palladin (Trump Card: Obama's birth certificate.)
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