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  1. I laughed through this, that guy using religion is terrible but hilarious too.
    I know I know it’s not right, but I can’t help thinking I might do something similar, except I probably should never sit on jury for a murder trial because it’d scar me for life. My dad did jury duty once, I think it was a child abuse case, he was never the same after it. :/

    • The case I was on was nothing particularly special or gruesome (just a lawsuit about a car crash). I don’t think I would have wanted to be on a case that was about anything like murder or abuse. With that said though, jury duty is a civic duty. If you’re selected to be on a case, you do your job. That might just be my thoughts though.

  2. Pretty sure my mom says the same thing if she is called, but I’ve never heard her say she would deny it for a specific type of case. Sometimes they let her go, sometimes they don’t. Maybe because they know people like this guy exist so some don’t believe it!

    • While I’m not particularly a fan of people completely getting out of jury duty for religious reasons, I get it. Each person has their own religion and points of view, and who am I to judge that? But at the same time, to fake having a religious belief as an exploitative method to get stuck on a specific kind of case is just horrible.

      • Oh I totally agree, as someone with religious convictions it’s super frustrating to see someone fake it. I don’t think that is the case with my mom, she really does feel uncomfortable with parts of the process. But this guy is a whole separate issue.

        • Agreed. Right after it happened, I told this story to a friend who is pretty religious. He had basically the same response you did in his disappointment.

  3. I just face-palmed so hard when I read that guy’s statement. Just, wow.

    I would love to be part of jury duty, but as long as I am a journalist (especially in a small town), it’s rather unlikely I’ll ever be accepted. I’m also the daughter of a police-officer, and have extreme anxiety issues, so three ticks against me. I think it would be really cool to be part of one, and I have yet to get called, but I’m not getting my hopes up as to whether I’ll actually get selected.

    • It was certainly a neat experience, and I do think I’d want to serve again if so called. There is a two-year wait period for me to be on a jury again, however I wouldn’t be opposed to it. It does sound like things might be particularly difficult for you when it comes to jury service, though I hope you get the chance to try if nothing else.

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