Chris Bender, Lab Rat
- Feb 22, 2013
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- Garland, TX
I felt that way too, and I still do to some extent, but I can see where a desire to avoid the entire experience is valid.
If anyone isn’t voting to avoid jury duty, it’s kind of a silly. Most states draw from DMV data as well. Never registered to vote, but I’ve done jury duty. Not sure why one would want to avoid it, I learned a lot about how our legal system works and it felt good to help out.
I have been called three times, and served on one jury. The trial was for child molestation with a lot of other factors that made it worse than that already horrible accusation. Aside from the alleged molestation, the poor kid had been through so much in their life...every single person who should have been there for this kid after his mother died early in his life abondoned or abused him (physically, emotionally or both) or in the case of his father abused, then abandoned. By the end of it, the entire jury wanted to throw the Father, Grandmother, siblings and at least 2 cousins in jail (none were involved in the accused molestation) because they were that horrible to this kid. In the end, the state couldn't prove the molestation case, so we found the defendant "not guilty"...note, not one of us would have voted "innocent" or "guilty" the evidence just didn't support either. It was the most tragic 2 days I have ever spent, and after the second day is the only time in my life I have gotten drunk in an attempt to cope/forget something (admitedly, this probably means I have lived a charmed life).
Even though I know the system worked as intended (guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or not), and that we the jury did our part honestly and fairly, I still feel somewhat complicit in that child's continued suffering. So yeah, I get having a real desire to avoid jury duty.