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eJuror Will Lead To New List of Jury Duty Excuses 191

Posted by Soulskill
from the bringing-the-wisdom-of-youtube-commenters-to-federal-justice dept.
coondoggie writes "Now you can say your jury duty request got lost in the cloud, or that the network was down, or the Internet ate it. That's because the US District Court system is close to completing a rollout of its national eJuror system that lets prospective jurors have the option of responding to their jury questionnaire or summons online. About 80 of the 94 US district courts have had the eJuror software installed and more than half of those courts are already live on the system."
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eJuror Will Lead To New List of Jury Duty Excuses

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  • by Kenja (541830) on Friday November 19, 2010 @03:30PM (#34284524)
    Saves me the trouble of getting my Jedi robes out of the attic so I can be kicked off the jury in person.
  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday November 19, 2010 @03:34PM (#34284568) Journal

    The Prosecutor and Defense both write out long documents outlining their cases, available on an audio file, which gets submitted to Jurors online and they get to view the case without any kind of prejudice (You don't know the sex/race/age of the alleged criminal or victim unless it is important to the crime at hand).

    The bickering between the two will be just like any other internet forum, the judge is like a Moderator, and rather than a jury of a dozen peers or so, it can be done by any amount of volunteers from 4chan or by some Amazon Cloud support team or something.

    I know I know, there's a lot of things wrong with doing it this way - but is it really any worse than the way its done already?

  • by Anne_Nonymous (313852) on Friday November 19, 2010 @03:43PM (#34284666) Homepage Journal

    It's a Yoda Jedi costume.

    And yes, hot it gets.

  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday November 19, 2010 @03:54PM (#34284792) Journal

    Yes.

    Do they send out Nobel Prizes by mail? I know its the best idea ever, but I'm a little busy arguing on the internet so I won't have time to pick it up myself.

  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Friday November 19, 2010 @04:13PM (#34285012)

    What would you do if you were fired? Or your company closed its doors?

  • by Shakrai (717556) on Friday November 19, 2010 @04:15PM (#34285030) Journal

    Wait for the Government to save him?

  • by Jesus_666 (702802) on Friday November 19, 2010 @04:25PM (#34285154)
    "...In closing, while we do acknowledge that Anonymous does not forgive, we want the record to show that my client did it for the lulz. The defense rests."

    Verdict: Innocent, but all lawyers in the room get sent to death row. kthxbai.
  • by Sycraft-fu (314770) on Friday November 19, 2010 @04:35PM (#34285274)

    I think it may depend on the area. I've seen some trials where some smart people have served. An interesting major case with that would be the Terry Childs case. One of the jurors had a CCIE. Means not only is he extremely smart, but extremely knowledgeable in the technical aspects that will come up. However he was chosen to serve. There is no universal truth to selection in my experience.

    As for stupid summons I've got a good one:

    My mom is a Canadian by birth, and never bothered to immigrate to the US (well she did actually 1 year before moving back to Canada). Had her green card for decades and all was well. Periodically she'd get a jury summons. She'd mark the "I'm not a citizen," box and that was that but they didn't take her off the list. One time she gets a summons, makes the "Go away box," gets a "You have to come or we'll issue a warrant for your arrest," letter. So she goes. The case is for something minor and the judge starts off with a speech to the effect of "This case will be done before the end of the day, so I don't want to hear any lame excuses why you don't have time to serve. That said, does anyone have a legit reason they can't be here?" Mom timidly raised her hand and said "I'm Canadian." The judge was flabbergasted said "Do you have your green card? Come here!" She showed him her green card, he wrote down her name and turned to a deputy and said "Get her off the list, I don't want to hear she's been bothered again." He then apologized to my mom and she left. Never got a summons again.

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