Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What is this official-ish envelope?



Guess who got a jury summons yesterday.

Me.

Yeah, I know that even if they don't extort a plea deal, and the case actually goes to trial, I have zero chance of being seated on a jury. Probably not anywhere, but definitely not around here. I've been told some of these government people read my newspaper columns. They will not risk having me on a jury-- any jury. Not if they want the near-guarantee of a conviction that they seek. I would do the right thing, not the political thing.

I'd love the chance to participate, but that bridge has been burned. Honestly, I'm surprised they even left my name in the rotation. The list must be "untouched by human hands" and unseen by human eyes.

The last time I got one of these I was picked in the initial selection, but kicked out of the pool in the first round of jury stacking. That was over 20 years ago and in another state.

If you haven't been as visible as I have, you may still have a chance to monkeywrench the plans of the US police state through jury nullification when appropriate. Please exercise it when you get the opportunity.

(I'll post an update when the day arrives.)
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7 comments:

  1. I've only ever gotten one and my whole group was dismissed before I even left my house... can't wait for my next one!

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    1. From what I've heard, that's the usual way. Even with the very tiny chance that they won't get a conviction, they don't really want to risk a trial if they can extort a plea bargain beforehand.

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  2. Jury duty is basically temporary slavery. Yes, a chance for one of the slaves to free someone in the clutches of the state, but still ... do I really want to allow that to happen to me, especially since I'd never get seated on a jury anyway?

    Not that I'd get a summons, since the government still thinks I live somewhere else thousands of miles away, and I haven't seen fit to correct their bookkeeping.

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    1. For me, it's worth the exceedingly remote chance I'd have to help someone. I'm not thrilled with the prospect of going through metal detectors, but again, if the State were victimizing me I would want another me to at least make the effort.

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    2. Is the metal detector thing because that means you'd be unarmed?

      Would you smuggle a weapon into a government building in the absence of metal detectors, even if it were a felony?

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  3. I've been summoned a few times - maybe four or five. Got into the courthouse exactly once. I sat in the back and listened to them ask questions and by lunch they had everyone they needed. Somehow I doubt I'll ever really be on a jury. I love the suggestion of jury nullification.

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  4. Proceedings like this sometimes take a while to get started. (Judge needs to finish his coffee or they need to finish ironing his magical robe etc. ) If you are waiting in a room with other potential jurors it might be interesting to bring in a few juror rights pamphlets. If one other person reads it...maybe... THAT person will be selected.

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