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Analysis posted Nov 05 2012, 5:42 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Texas Man Jailed For Dodging Jury Duty

Chris | InformationLiberation

Is forcing someone under duress to "serve" on a jury against their will a recipe for justice?

Via CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas man pushed his luck one too many times trying to avoid jury duty. Efforts to avoid doing his civic duty have landed Jose Bocanegra Jr. behind bars.

The Mansfield resident spent months either making up excuses for not attending jury duty or simply not showing up.

"He tried to get disqualified by stating he was a felon — that got denied," Jury Bailiff Paula Morales recalled. "He tried to get excused by claiming he was the caretaker of an invalid. We couldn't substantiate that, so that was denied."

On one occasion Bocanegra actually reported for jury duty, but after checking in, he left minutes later. That's when a bench warrant for his arrest was issued.

[...]One day after the warrant was issued the 20-year-old stood before Judge Wayne Salvant, in handcuffs. The judge found him in contempt.

"The judge told him he wasn't taking his jury duty seriously, considering his history. So he sentenced him to five days in the county jail," Morales said of the hearing.

When the judge asked him why he hadn't served Bocanegra told him line was too long and he didn’t feel like waiting. So now he'll wait in jail.

[...]When asked Thursday night why he kept fighting jury duty, Bocanegra said “I didn’t want to because it’s all the way in Fort Worth – way out of the way.”


How is forcing this man to "serve," when he does not want to "serve," in any way in the interest of justice? Would this entirely disinterested young man really make a good juror?

In the recent highly publicized Apple v Samsung case, the jurors, all of whom were drafted into jury slavery, clearly rushed the case and did not dole out any "justice." Despite predictions the case would last for months due to the complexity of the issues, the case ended in three days, and ended with a horrible decision which hurt consumers by reducing consumer choice.

People being drafted into jury slavery are quite simply not good jurors, the same as people drafted into war make for horrible soldiers, or the same as slaves sold to a plantation owner make for poor field workers. Mr. Bocanegra has no desire to "serve" his country, he has no interest in being a juror, yet the state feels compelled to force him to take part in some trial where some poor sap's life is on the line. That's not a "justice" system, that's a charade.
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keudo

Posted: Nov 05 2012, 5:47 PM

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I would rather not serve on a jury, but it came up I would. Farce as it may be, and as much as I disagree with forcing people to serve regardless of most circumstances, it is still a part of the law. I don't blame the guy for skipping out, especially when there are plenty of people like me willing to drudge through the stupid process and waste our time, but I can't completely absolve him of guilt either. As it stands, if everyone who didn't want to be in a jury did this, there wouldn't be anyone left to make up a jury. If they actually compensated you for the equivalent of lost wages instead of their measly offering of pennies, and created some sort of encouragement system for serving on a jury, more people would be willing to serve and there would be a more effective, informed, motivated jury.

I know, I know, more government payouts and whatnot - bad, but something should be done to improve the system. I'm not too experienced with it, having never been summoned to work jury duty, but there's my opinion.
A Moment of Clarity

Posted: Nov 10 2012, 4:44 AM

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9773 So, now his fate lies in the hands of 12 other people, who are too stupid to get out of jury "duty"....... not quite as bad as being an unwilling, non-elected, pop up target, forced to die or secure more fortune for the elite,but all in all, it IS the American way..... RIGHT?
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 19 2013, 4:40 PM

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As long as no one minds giving up their right to a jury trial, and to be instead tried by a judge or judges alone, then sure, we can repeal the references to juries in the Bill of Rights.

If people do want that right, then we have to have jury duty.

It's one or the other. I am not totally for or against either, but I do think we can't have our cake and eat it, too.


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