Category Archives: Summoning juries

Juries and social distancing

There are a string of recent essays and articles on how courthouses and trying to cope with social distancing rules when it comes to seating juries. A recent New York Times article provides the most comprehensive analysis. Meanwhile, ABA Journal … Continue reading

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Rewriting the 6th Amendment: Right to a Speedy Plea Bargain

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University A recent New York Times study, authored by Benjamin Weiser,¬†found that, out of 63,000 federal defendants convicted in 1997, only 3,200 were done so by a jury of their … Continue reading

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Jurors Protest Against Judge by Refusing to Serve in His Courtroom

If one ever doubted that jurors speak with a voice that is not only legal but political, consider those jurors who refused to be seated in the courtroom of Judge Aaron Persky in Santa Clara County, California. Judge Pensky gave … Continue reading

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Donald Trump at Jury Duty

There’s no real point to this post, other than including this wonderful photo of a Presidential candidate reporting for jury duty, thanks to a Tweet of him in Manhattan’s courthouse: There’s more than one article about the event, such as … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of older jurors?

Turns out it’s the Brits. Well, they’re not as spooked by them as they used to be. Currently, there is a limit that jurors cannot be over 70 years old, but that limit is rising to 75. As reported in … Continue reading

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Demystifying jury duty

It’s not often that a newspaper runs a story that debunks common misconceptions about jury duty, so I single out a good example of such reporting that comes from the Richmond Register. The author makes jury duty sound much less … Continue reading

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Will the Zimmerman verdict inspire prospective jurors?

A USA Today article takes up that question today. One excerpt: “When we are called (for jury duty), we must answer,” Malia Cohen, who represents southeast San Francisco on the Board of Supervisors, said during a rally outside San Francisco … Continue reading

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Dodging jury duty via a fantastic fabrication

Though we take our job seriously at this blog, we can’t help but post the occasional zinger. From Modesto, Calif., we offer this great true story of the prospective juror who got carried away during voir dire when asked why … Continue reading

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How can I get out of jury duty?

Ah, how the Internet brings out honesty. The Grand Rapids Press column “Law Talk” invites readers to ask legal questions and get helpful advice. A reader recently asked the brazen question, “How do I get out of jury duty?” Here, … Continue reading

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New data on juror utilization and satisfaction

A recent article in Third Branch has happy news about the jury system in the U.S. Last year, 59,405 American citizens served on federal petit juries, with a national average of 39 percent of jurors not selected, serving, or challenged … Continue reading

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