Jury System

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How to Avoid Jury Duty, #7: Die

A woman in Arlington, Washington, said her husband would not be reporting for jury duty as ordered on June 24, because he had been dead since 2005. Finally, an absolutely ironclad excuse for getting out of jury duty. County officials…


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Motion to Compel Defense Counsel To Wear Appropriate Shoes

Our lead trial counsel has a "lucky tie" that he wears every day (or at least he did during jury selection) even though it's getting a little threadbare.  This is a fairly common habit among trial attorneys, and I haven't…


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The Verdict is In: Juror Wanted to Go to Jackson Memorial

As you may have heard, Michael Jackson passed away recently, and a memorial service for him was held on Tuesday here in Los Angeles.  (I am normally located either in San Francisco or in my underground lair, but am in…




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I Pity the Fool Who Does Not Strike Mr. T From The Jury

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the most popular searches that leads people to this site is something like “how to get out of jury duty,” and here’s the latest idea for that — be Mr. T. T, born “Laurence…


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Motion for New Trial Based on Juror’s Twittering

I have ranted enough about the soul-crushing lump of Satan's dung that some call the "BlackBerry," so let me move on now to demon-spawned Twitter, which appears to be the latest method of shattering humanity's collective ability to concentrate and/or…


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Mistrial Declared After Jurors Found Playing Sudoku

Showing that issues with the jury system are not limited to America, on June 10 a judge in Sydney declared a mistrial in a high-profile drug-conspiracy case after it was discovered that the jurors spent much of their time in…


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Lessons in Avoiding Jury Duty

Thankfully, the Chicago Tribune is providing "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of the R. Kelly trial in Cook County, and though this trial will probably teach us many important lessons, the first of them has to do with jury service. Reporter Stacy St….