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Old 03-01-2011, 12:35 AM
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If and when you get called for jury duty what types of questions do the lawyers ask the jurors? I've heard that they ask questions like "Have you or anyone in your family been the victim of a crime".
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Yes, they can ask all sorts of questions.

Here is an example Jury Questionnaire
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Helpful. Thanks. I want to have quick and concise answers so that they let me go. A little preparation might go a long way.
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Well now, don't lie- if that's what you're thinking.

But yeah, they can ask some very pointed questions.

They can ask about your beliefs (personal, religious), if you've been affected by certain circumstances, why you think what you think- haha, almost anything they want to ask!

They want the crowd of their choice, that's going to serve the purpose of their client the best.
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I don't have to lie. My opinions are not what they want to hear... legalize all drugs, have electric bleachers instead of electric chairs, etc. If I just be myself then one of those lawyers will cut me loose. It helps to have quick, clear cut answers though. If you're wishy-washy then they think you can be swayed by other jurors.
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You just need two words, "Jury Nullification." Once they here you say that the prosecution will bump you off any Jury so fast it will make your head spin .
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It's so much simpler in the UK, if your name is pulled out your in. That is it, unless you know the person.
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I don't have to lie. My opinions are not what they want to hear... legalize all drugs, have electric bleachers instead of electric chairs, etc. If I just be myself then one of those lawyers will cut me loose. It helps to have quick, clear cut answers though. If you're wishy-washy then they think you can be swayed by other jurors.
It's not as easy as you'd think it would be. Even if you give some indication that you are bias, you'll be asked if you can remain unbiased if instructed by a judge. You have to say yes to that because if you can't, it's a crime. Your best bet is financial hardship; if you're self-employed, then you can say your business can't run without you.
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You just need two words, "Jury Nullification." Once they here you say that the prosecution will bump you off any Jury so fast it will make your head spin .
I was about to say this as well, I love you are from Florida with the current issues FIJA are having down there.

Regedit, claim to be a supporter for "Fully Informed Jury Association" and that you fully intend to exercise your right to judge the law and that you believe judges instructions and oaths are illegal where they go against your rights.

Next start screaming about the yellow fringe around the flag and something about maritime courts.

More than likely you will be court instructed to be psych eval'ed. But it will make a fun story.
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A friend was called for jury "duty" recently, and asked me what he should say in the interview. He has a similar outlook to mine, so I said just to tell the simple truth, that he would never find someone guilty of a supposed "crime" where there was no victim. Since the charge was possession of non-state-approved vegetables, he was instantly dismissed.
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