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16th November 2006, 22:10
I have just been having a hell of a day. I left the lights on in the car and probably wrecked a battery... well maybe.... I'm charging it.... The freezer conked out last night... and to make my morning complete, I got a summons for jury duty.
It's been 20 years, but last time I got sucked into this murder thing that took weeks.
I guess it's a good thing that a woman that hired a couple guys to kill her husband is down the river, but what a hassle. And who really needs to listen to this kind of grief?.
I mean my life rarely entails knowing the soap opera a bunch of trailer trash made in murdering this guy. The dumb bastard that got killed was about a waste of hide too.
Crap. I'll do my civic duty I guess, because I'd have to lie to get out of it.
Not a good day.
17th November 2006, 02:57
try to get sequestered, free room service :D
17th November 2006, 03:28
Ah, jury duty. I can laugh now, I went through it back in September. My panel was called and after a few hours of waiting we entered the court room. The recorder called off numbers assigned to each of us but thankfully I was never called.
Oh well, it was 16 bucks I didn't have. :)
17th November 2006, 04:29
I was able to get out of it last time because I was just starting college. They wanted me to come in like the second week of school so I was like "hey, I am starting school, give me a break I just payed 1800 dollars let me go" and they did.
17th November 2006, 04:39
You don't get around it that easy here.
17th November 2006, 05:25
denken is partially right though, i got a notice of jury duty a little while ago myself, but they didn't even need me.
17th November 2006, 08:59
Yeah, you'll probably get another summons in a few months. After that, you should be safe. You're even in the same county as me, if I remember.
I read on how to get out of this. Probably the most certain way is to ignore the summons, since it wasn't sent by certified mail.
Other than that, I could wear my "Bad Cop No Donut" shirt or maybe one of those Nazi shirts from Walmart.
Actually, being on a jury really sucks. I don't even like smelling the government types. I'd almost rather get tossed in our very expensive jail for a day instead. You wouldn't have to listen to near as much BS.
17th November 2006, 09:14
nah no more summons for me, i think, i got it at least 4 months ago.
and i believe we were in the same county, except i moved to yamhill county recently.
and they don't allow t-shirts with any writing on them in courtrooms..
17th November 2006, 09:20
How is Newberg?. Wasn't it?. That's Yamhill County?.
I heard you can get Verizon FIOS in Newberg. Do you know anything about that?. I am thinking about moving, and Newberg might be a possibility. Hillsboro is getting really, really old.
That would be one way to escape. Move to Yamhill County!. :)
Hell, in this town I'm liable to know the defendant.
17th November 2006, 22:00
newberg, sherwood, and mc minnville are all pretty much one big speedtrap, but other than that it's alright here, i've made a few new friends and stuff, but if you're still going to have a reason to go to the "metro" area you will hate the commute (takes about 45 mins here to beaverton), it is kind of a nice city though.
18th November 2006, 06:36
I got radar, and I've drove through Carlton, Newberg and DUNDEE OMG! enough times.
I've heard of tickets for 31 in a 30 in Dundee.
Man, I loved the police chief out at Forest Grove about 15 years ago. They would not write you a ticket. The police chief said "We haven't got an accident problem, so we don't write tickets".
Now, take you to jail.... that they would do... but you'd only get warned or ignored for petty crap.
It's kinda weird. Banks is still sorta of like that. I know a couple that were living in this house by the demolition derby track. They started getting into meth and dealing. The banks cops ended up out there a bunch with them fighting and caught them with some meth. They invited John and Deena to leave town.
Now this is weird. They just told em to pack up and get out of town in 10 days or face getting busted for the meth. And you know, them brownies were out there day 10 making sure people were gettin outa dodge.
A pretty big story from a friend of mine that said "Hey, I got this buddy that needs to move, wanna come with and bring your truck?". I didn't realize "needed to move" involved cops watching you move :) I told my friend to count me out next time.
No big hassle, just move the bad folks along....
I went out to the aviation museum at Mac a couple weeks ago. I guess they are gonna stick an IMAX theater in there.
Cool.... yeah... maybe I should look at getting out of Dodge a little...
45 minutes to Beaverton?. That seems a little steep, but it's not much less from Hillsboro. Beaverton sucks. It doesn't have half enough road for the people there.
I'd still be coming here, so I got Hiway 210 for a commute. It's nice, it's flat, a pretty drive in the country.
18th November 2006, 14:59
My last jury duty was on 9/11.
That made it a little more interesting.
20th November 2006, 02:03
My last jury duty was federal court just after I started teaching. The address they had for me was my parents' address in Mercer, PA, even though I had just moved to Akron, OH - I had never gotten around to changing my official address.
Nearest fed court was in Pittsburgh, at least 2 hours from my place in Akron, and they still didnt' let me skip out on it, even when the building principal tried getting me out.
So, not only did I have to leave my rather unpredictable kids and room full of extremely expensive instruments and stereo/recording gear with substitute teachers a lot, but I had to drive hundreds of miles each day just to get paid $25.00/day...
Luckily, the school took that money from me and paid me regular salary - a nice benefit for my job, but it still really sucked, all over an annoying mail fraud case that none of the jurrors could agree on.
So, if you move, learn from my mistake - change your fucking address so you don't get stuck with this kind of shit.
I wish I would have known about your suggested "it wasn't certified mail so you can't prove I got it" dodge... I'll keep that in mind.
@ RoH - I hope you find a way out or at least get an interesting case, mine sucked.
21st November 2006, 13:31
I can't wait until I get called for Jury Duty.
21st November 2006, 20:41
I think it could be a good experience if it were an interesting case. I probably would have liked my situation despite the drive if it were something less boring than the case I got.
30th November 2006, 01:30
"The trick is to say you're suspicious against all groups of people."
-Homer J. Simpson
1st December 2006, 22:11
best way to get out of jury duty: become overly educated.
Then you are not anyone's peer anymore. Hence, no lawyer is going to want to deal with you.
It works. no huhu.
1st December 2006, 22:35
i actually had some shitty experiences with cops and the form always asks if there are any negative experiences with cops in your past. So i get out. Last time I didn't even wait an hour and I was out of there. I got assigned to a court in the same building and they started at 9am. An hour later the judge called us in and said, "ladies and gentlemen, my cases have evaporated, you can go." and I was home before lunch. Awesome when it works that way, will probably never happen again.
2nd December 2006, 07:54
Originally posted by KXRM
i actually had some shitty experiences with cops and the form always asks if there are any negative experiences with cops in your past.
Around here that question would read "Have you ever met a police officer?"
I have some misgivings that I didn't have 20 years ago. In a place where the police will kill you for possibly whizzing on the sidewalk, I just dunno.
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