Jury visit enlightening

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I attended the Augusta Judicial Circuit’s jury selection process one recent morning at the new courthouse facility at 735 James Brown Blvd.

I must say I was quite impressed with the honorable Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.’s handling of the process, including some great history lessons that were very informative, without slowing the judicial process at all.

In addition, though I’m not a veteran, I was very impressed with the judge’s acknowledgements of all service participants, down to the last person in the jury pool.

I didn’t get picked as a juror, but I got a much-needed God-bless-America boost during this civic duty exercise.

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deestafford
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deestafford 05/21/14 - 08:35 am
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Too many people try to get out of jury duty by using...

Too many people try to get out of jury duty by using every nook and crook excuse they can.

Ask yourself this question the next time you get a jury summons and want to get out of it, "If I were being tried for a crime of which I was innocent, would I want to put my life in the hands of 12 people who were too 'stupid' to get out of jury duty?"

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/21/14 - 11:03 am
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You commandeer my time with

You commandeer my time with the unknown possibility that it could be for days, weeks, or months. You summon me, like a criminal, to report to a place that has inadequate parking, and make me sit on hard benches in a hallway for hours. Gee, jury duty....what's not to like. And I smoke, so after about the 1st hour or so all I can think about is breaking out of jail and reuniting with my e-cig. I will admit....I am not one of those who looks forward to getting that summons in the mail.

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Darby 05/21/14 - 12:20 pm
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"If I were being tried for a crime of which

I was innocent, would I want to put my life in the hands of 12 people who were too 'stupid' to get out of jury duty?"

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And yet, that's exactly what's gonna happen. So, stay out of trouble!

I tried several times to get selected for jury duty when my name came up. Didn't work. Apparently because I was too involved with local politics. The fact that my son was an FBI field agent probably didn't help me either.

I didn't volunteer the information either. Those defense attorneys know just what questions to ask.

Funny thing, though. The prosecution never had a problem accepting me.

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