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Anyone ever go to Jury Duty who was arrested?
September 6, 2006
12:33 am
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Thursday I have Jury duty and I don't know why but it is stressing me out. First of all, I'm hoping I won't have to mention my past arrest. On the form they sent out, I explained it in full... and I still got called. I recognize the need to serve, I'm just not looking forward to reliving that experience of explaining to a court room of people why I got arrested.

Basically, I was defending myself in an incidence of domestic violence and was stupid enough not to press charges against my bf (X-bf). He threatened to press charges against me, in an effort to get the keys for the apartment as I was trying to get him to leave after he pushed me around and was a general beast. Long story short, he immidiately said he wanted to withdraw his complaint but it was too late. The bruises he left on me didn't surfuce until later. We were struggling, and he had my keys. Believe me, I've slapped my knee harder when laughing than I slapped him at that moment. But he had a red mark. Yes, ladies, it can happen to you. It's called zero tolerance. Cops don't waste their time too much with stuff they haven't seen before their eyes. It's your word against his- and if he shows them a "boo-boo"... well, no matter that his stronger or bigger. Don't let this be a routine in your life. YOu may not be as lucky as I was.

So anyway, I got stuck in this situation which ended up mostly as a formality... it was thrown out, but now I have to honestly answer if asked that YES I was arrested, and I spent the night in jail. It's humiliating, and even here where I went into a long explaination... it makes me look horrible. I just don't want to go through this.

Going to jury duty is freaking me out. I'm afraid they will ask about something like that. I don't know.

Also, I can't sit very long. I know this sounds stupid but I never make it through a movie or long car ride. I have the world's smallest bladder. Are you aloud to leave during a trial?

Hopefully, they won't pick me. Usually, they don't.

Can someone tell me of their experience? Did you have to reveal anything about yourself you did not want to?

-ella

September 6, 2006
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Hi ella:

I have been on jury duty so many times I don't even remember how many times.

Depending on the type of case they may ask you questions of your history that may prejudice you towards the case one way or another. They usually tell you that you don't have to divulge anything publicly- you can ask to have a sidebar w/ the attys and the judge to explain privately.

You could be asked for a civil trial or criminal trial. If its civil, I think you'll be OK. For instance it may be a civil trial for medical malpractice and your history wouldn't enter into it.

And they may not ask if youo've been arrested, just whether you were convicted of a particular crime.

Every trial is different, and dif judges handle their court rooms differently.

Whatever you do, tell the truth rather than be embarrassed and not say anything, as that could be contempt of court, or also the basis for a mistrial if anyone were to check on the jurors.

Hope this helps.

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September 6, 2006
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SD-

Thank you. I did not know that you could speak to the attorneys privately. That makes me feel a little bit better. I would never dream of concealing the truth.

-ella

September 6, 2006
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Mzrella:

HI 🙂 Haven't spoken in awhile. Nice to see you back.

I served jury duty on a probate case and right in the middle of the trial the clerk walks in w/ a piece of paper and hands it to the judge and they are whispering and lookin at me. The the Judge calls my name and says my evil x (well, he didn't call him that0 had phoned and I needed to return his call immediately coz he didn't know where his kids were or if they were ok, etc. etc. OMG, I sank inside. I just clearly said, No Sir, I don't need to return his call. The judge said but he doesn't know where his kids are. I said well I spoze not, they go to his sister's house every day while I work and that is where I left them this am. He gave me a look. Then he said... I remember your ex, we'll proceed. I'm sorry for you. lol. This is the judge that told his attorney to make him agree or he was gonna throw him in jail just less than a month before.

Just wanted to tell you a funny. The judges are folks like us. Well, some of them think they are gods, but they aren't. And I agree w/ SD that you can request to speak privately and I think they will request it.

Best to you.

September 6, 2006
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mamacinnamon,

Hello!

LOL. What a coincidence... you got the same judge? Do you live in a small town? That's funny. I wonder if some judges know my ex, a lot of cops sure do.

Do you (or anyone) know about Supreme Court? What are the trials like? I'm going to have to do my research.

-ella

September 6, 2006
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Yes, I am in a small town of 1,000. The county seat is 30 miles away. We have 2 judges in our district so you have a 50/50 of getting the same one. lol.

The cops know my evil x too. Just after our divorce he was bein a real butt.. broke into the house and stole things or would be in the house when i got home, etc. etc. I must admit I was truly afraid. Anyway, the police chief bought the house down the street; 4 houses and across the street. He always teased me that he bought that house so he could keep an eye on mine and not have to be gettin out alot.

Do a search putting in ... supreme court, how it works ... I did under yahoo and found tons of stuff. You could also put your state name before the supreme court if it is a state case.

September 7, 2006
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Thanks mama. It's a state supreme court. I'll check it out. It's 1 am and I just woke up... now I'm nervous all over again. Have you ever heard of anything so silly?

September 7, 2006
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Yep, I most certainly have. I took imodium in advance, just in case, since I have had ibs before. I looked at all situations that would happen and took care of them. Then the evil x struck again. lol.

You are truly working yourself up for nothing; but who am i to talk.

Get a cup of hot tea.

September 7, 2006
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Thanks mama,

It was kind of boring, yet not traumatic. I did what SD said and talked to the judge and lawyers in private. My past was not relevant (which is actually unfortunate, because I got chosen for a case- I didn't realize this would interfere w/school). The judge was very kind.

Anyway, I'm stuck serving my civic duty. That's what I get for answering the inquiries honestly. LOL.

I miss my job. I prefer to complain about that instead. ;). It's possible I will be working when court is not in session, one of two days a week... which means I get the joy of WITNESSING the work pile up before I am able to get to it.

nite,
ella

-ella

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