False alarm

I got a letter in the mail from the county sheriff’s office. I spent some time in pants-wetting panic bunny mode: what do they want with me, am I in trouble, am I being sued, have they found the meth lab, the bodies in the basement, etc. Finally, with much trepidation, I opened the letter.

They want me for jury duty.

17 thoughts on “False alarm

  1. Justin August 26, 2010 / 6:32 am

    I didn’t think the Sheriff’s Office was in charge of Jury Duty summons. When I got mine, I believe it was the District Attorney’s Office, but I suppose things are done differently in other places.

    • Meaghan August 26, 2010 / 6:35 am

      You don’t live in Nowheresville.

  2. Justin August 26, 2010 / 9:36 am

    So, do you want to be on a jury?

    • Meaghan August 26, 2010 / 9:46 am

      Not really, but I suppose if they tell me to do it I won’t try to get out of it.

  3. Kat August 26, 2010 / 1:05 pm

    That can be equally scary as a sheriff’s notice. My dad, a few years back, was on a jury for a fairly big murder case where he lives….I still think he has a hangover from it. I mean, most stuff is easy but every now and then……gee, way to make you feel better, Meaghan! Sorry. I’m sure you’ll just have to convict someone of traffic crimes or something.

    • Meaghan August 26, 2010 / 2:35 pm

      The questionaire did ask a lot of questions about driving and auto insurance and stuff.

      I’ve read of jurors in violent crimes cases getting post-traumatic stress as a result of what they had to see and hear.

  4. Kat August 26, 2010 / 4:56 pm

    From what I’ve heard, my Dad just would rather not have done it (not sure if that is English). Just got off the Clark County LV new site, pretty cool and informed……………

  5. Princess Shantae August 26, 2010 / 5:32 pm

    It takes a whole big chunk of your time and the compensation is almsot a joke especialy if you have to miss work a lot of days. ANd then there’s being sequestered which is very hard on people especialy if they have families at home. Just imagine what the jury in the Manson case had to go through, that trial went on forever!
    I’ve been called twice and had to serve once. When I served it was some very small drug case (we had to let him off b/c none of the witnesses could keep their story straight) and only took a half a day. The second time I got let off b/c I was nine months pregnant. lol They didn’t want to have to be doing a delivery in the jury room.

    • Kat August 26, 2010 / 7:08 pm

      Heeeeeee! I would hope not! My Dad was sequestered for a few days too. And, to add to our dysfunction, told n o one. I thought he was dead. And yeah, it is like forty cents a day.

  6. marycarney August 26, 2010 / 8:27 pm

    I had jury duty this week. Case was a guy who owned an auto glass replacement business. Offered his ‘best friend’ a chunk of $$ to hop the fence at the local auto auction and put a crow bar to use on some windshields.
    As jury selection was to begin, the judge dismissed us all. The State’s main witness got a phone call offering him a sum of $$ to ‘not show up’. He has a recording device on his phone!!! Awesome!
    20+ years ago, I was on a rape/ deviate sexual assault case. Sent that loser’s ass to prison, and his family tried to attack the jury!! Like it was our fault he was a rapist!

  7. Jaime August 26, 2010 / 9:38 pm

    cbs12 news has a nice article on hattie junita burton who was 5 months pregnant in feburary of 1988 when she disappeared at age 19.

  8. Princess Shantae August 27, 2010 / 1:21 am

    Your auto glass story was so funny! I can jsut see them on Dumbest Criminals or something. lol
    I remember reading a book about the Night Stalker. They were not sequesteered but the trial went on forever and Ramirez was an a$$hole in the court. He even tried to annoy the jury by using a little makeup mirror to try to reflect the sunlight in their eyes! Didn’t stop one stupid woman on the jury from falling in love with hima nd baking cookies for him. They should of kicked her right off but they didn’t and she did do the right thing and convict him. Anyhow one of the jurors was murdered during the trial by her crack head husband when they got into a fight over the case.

    • Meaghan August 28, 2010 / 2:22 am

      Thanks, I’ll see about fixing it.

      • Justin August 27, 2012 / 2:18 pm

        I guess you never did find out which one is correct.

      • Meaghan August 28, 2012 / 10:08 pm

        No, I never did.

  9. Jaime August 28, 2010 / 1:38 am

    Elizabeth Ann Gill the toddler that went missing in Missouri in 1965 is now being worked by the FBI. They are now working her case as a kidnapping and are apparently questioning members of a family that was in the area at the time of the kidnapping. Another article stated that they are trying to locate 2 vans seen in the area on the day of the kidnapping and one of the articles also has pictures of Elizabeth’s six older sisters. They hope that someone may look at 1 of her sisters and say that looks like 1 of my friends and come forward with a tip on her location.

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