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Ever felt that no-one wants to be a juror for you?
« on: Feb 1st, 2005, 2:34pm »
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I was thinking of asking Michael Jackson this question.  Found this on Yahoo website, I think some people are avoiding doing their civic duty:
 
 
"Nearly half of the 300 prospective jurors summoned on the opening day of Michael Jackson's trial have been excused after offering reasons why they could not sit through the six-month hearing.Judge Rodney Melville allowed 125 of the potential panellists to step down.
 
Among the more bizarre stories from the first two 150-string batches of potential jurors was one from a US Air Force scientist who said he had two rockets to launch.
 
Most were excused after arguing the trial would cause them undue financial hardship by depriving them of their incomes for at least six months.
 
An unemployed young man saying he needed to look for a job told judge Jackson: "I think I should worry about myself rather than the defendant."
 
A white former convict among the potential jurors said he may be prejudiced against the black singer having had a fight with an African-American inmate while in prison.
 
He said: "It's like a grudge. I'm not saying I'm a racist but I don't want to be bitter about it."
 
The remaining 175 prospective panellists who said they could serve on the jury have filled out a seven-page questionnaire on their views on crucial issues."
 
 
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