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How To Be A Dead Beat

I recently received a notice serve on jury duty. Can I use a biblical reason not to serve on jury duty? What can I tell the judge to release me?

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 ---AlanG on 11/4/06
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Why do you not want to do that? It's a privilege and a responsibility. When I was called, I BEGGED for the opportunity, but I am so hard of hearing and don't sign. My brother's killer got off scot-free because of a dead-locked jury; juries can make all the difference and it's an honor.
---Mary on 9/20/07

Part of my job where I work is to send out jury summonses. It really depends on individulal state statutes. In my state the only people excused because of their job is the state legislature or their staff and people in the military. I've seen Judges come in for jury duty as a juror and policemen, lawyers and pregnant women. Also in my state at least, they take jurors from both voter registration and driver's license so you don't even have to vote to get jury duty.
---grace3869 on 11/15/06

But if you are sick, pregnant, cop, crime against you or a loved one, a racist, a mental problem, trouble reading, work abroad,hearing poor, U can get out of it if you work for any police station, gov office, law office,if you take care of sick parents/child & can not leave or simply never vote ever again they wont call U.if U have panic attacks Just because U go down doesnt mean they will pick U especialy if you spew out Bible verse after Bible verse. But it actuallys a lot of fun/honor I enjoy it.
---Jeanne on 11/9/06

Jack, Deadbeat can also be defined as "someone who does not fullfill their obligations." While, for the most part, deadbeat does describe someone not paying a debt, it is an apt definition in this case.
As citizens, we have an obligation to sit on jury duty. That is the heart of our legal system.
---NurseRobert on 11/6/06

The law varies from state to state and for different offenses, as to whether judge or jury decides the penalty.(The judge can overrule a penalty set by the jury, however) But you don't decide in a vacuum... you consider everything with 11 other people , on the basis of the evidence you've been given. And you have plenty of time. It's a citizens duty...but it's also interesting! I guarantee you will learn lots of things you never knew before!
Is your objection really a matter of conscience?
---Donna2277 on 11/5/06

Why not serve?
But it's easy to get off, even without an excuse. It's usually a mob that shows up for jury duty, but only about 20-25 are picked...the rest leave. The smaller group is questioned 1 by 1 and eliminated till there are 12. A favorite question is: Do you think this man is guilty? You may answer YES or even I DON'T KNOW and be eliminated. The correct answer? "He's innocent, your Honor...unless proven guilty. If you give a lengthy answer of ANY sort, to ANY question you'll be dismissed.
---Donna2277 on 11/5/06

What ever reason you give, let it be TRUTHFUL! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/5/06

** And Moderator, this is one time I agree with your title of a blog.**

The title is again misleading. "Deadbeat" refers to those who do not meet financial obligations.
---Jack on 11/5/06

**"If I am told ALL of the undistorted truth in court, then I can give an undistorted judgment."**

As one wistness said when being sorn in, "Look, if I knew the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I would BE God."
---Jack on 11/5/06

No, and I also don't know why you wouldn't want to serve. I served on a Grand Jury once and you're right Eloy, when it comes to a trial the jury doesn't hear half of what we heard. We can vote to indict them but that's all. Your also right when it comes to a Defense Attorney. I don't know how they can stand to look at themselves in a mirror when a guilty person is found not guilty.
---Norma7374 on 11/5/06

No. When it comes to Jury Duty, you have to have a realy good reason to get out of it. 1. a Doctor's note, 2. 65 or older is exempt. the rest don't matter. I am on jury duty until Feb, I thought they would tell me that I couldn't be on jury duty because my hubby is a police officer. It don't bother me to be on jury duty.
---Rebecca_D on 11/5/06

Today many bear false-witness and lie very easily, even under oath. I have been dismissed before because when they asked me whether I could do it, I knew that all they say was colored, the one attorney is paid to make the person look guilty, and the other is paid to make the person look innocent, and they don't present All the evidence, so I told the attorney, "If I am told ALL of the undistorted truth in court, then I can give an undistorted judgment." Needless to say, they dismissed me.
---Eloy on 11/5/06

NO you cannot use "biblical reason not to serve on jury duty." You can be an adult and a good citizen and DO YOUR DUTY.
---NurseRobert on 11/5/06

If you are a Jehovah Witness or something like that where it goes against the tenents of their church and you have the leadership of your church do an affidavit to that effect you might have a chance of getting out of the jury duty. The easier thing to do is to go to jury duty and when the attorneys ask if there is any reason why you can't serve - explain your personal reasons for not wanting to do so and you'd probably get excused at that point. But there is no garauntee.
---grace3869 on 11/5/06

Its funny, I'd love to be on a jury, but never get a notice, yet ones who really don't want to get the call.
---bethie on 11/5/06

Why would you not want to serve? I have never had the opportunity and would love the opportunity to do so. There is no Biblical reason not to serve on a jury. It is a Constitutional right to be judged by a jury of your peers, and there is no reason not to serve.
---Madison1101 on 11/4/06

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Alan, are you going to find Biblical principals for not voting, or not paying taxes or getting out of responsiblities you have as a citizen of this country?

Being a citizen in this country means you have to sacrifice some of your time to DO THE RIGHT THING.

Quit trying to get out of your responsibility as a citizen and GO PERFORM YOUR JURY DUTY!
---NurseRobert on 11/4/06

And Moderator, this is one time I agree with your title of a blog.
---NurseRobert on 11/4/06

Alan, the only Biblical reason you have to avoid serving on a jury is if you're willing to waive your own right to a jury trial, should you be accused.

Otherwise, Matthew 7:12 applies. If you will want a jury trial, you have to be willing to serve on a jury yourself.
---Jack on 11/4/06

Why not serve?
You would be deciding on the basis of facts.
The Judge will be the one who decides a penalty.
---quent5969_the_Scot on 11/4/06

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