Ocryx and Joe

A Joe and Ocryx Real-Life Adventure

Part 1- Responding to the Summons
posted Sep 5, 2012
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Live blogging the old-fashioned way- pencil and ink on 3x5 inch index cards, and mailed home. (in case you were wondering where the crows were last week.)

by JesseHillFan on 9/5/2012 @ 6:55am
I can tell you that once you're targeted for induction (drafted) for jury duty service that you will be selected again quickly in the future.The main hazard is extreme low pay (unless you are a union worker,Boeing ,government worker etc where your lost wages are mostly compensated) and immensely painful boredom unless you have a laptop to keep you entertained in the jury pool..$10 a day pay now well that's an extreme hardship. 

by The Jinxmedic on 9/5/2012 @ 7:09am
Yes it is. I had to burn up my vacation days that I HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY USED FOR A VACATION.

Sometimes I think I would be better off on Welfare.

by CaptainBritton on 9/5/2012 @ 7:42am
I would appreciate a level-headed mind like Jinx's on my jury, however....

by The Jinxmedic on 9/5/2012 @ 8:05am
Yes, but it's those level-headed minds that always get kicked off the jury first. Ask me sometime what I think about a "jury of your peers"...

by JesseHillFan on 9/5/2012 @ 8:18am
When I was selected as a juror I was much surprised that one of the jurors was a retired Texas Sheriff,the other a Pierce County Deputy and another one was a secretary who worked in the Pierce County prosecutors office.It really didn't seem to be a fair jury of peers to me at the time.That would be like the NAZI SS holding a fair and impartial trial of Jews or communists.Not saying that the defendants were innocent it just seemed funky to me.However the defendants made some sort of plea agreement so I never actually was a juror on a trial.

by cisserosmiley on 9/5/2012 @ 8:20am
I would rather be judged by a gaggle of tacomanians that were NOT registered voters...the law should be changed to include ALL citizens.

by CaptainBritton on 9/5/2012 @ 8:30am
I think the important thing to point out is, 3x5 notecards are an effective art tool. Great cartooning!

by The Jinxmedic on 9/5/2012 @ 8:49am
I kept a stack of index cards, a pencil, and two Pigma Micron pens in my jacket pocket. Stay tuned as this story unfolds further!

by cisserosmiley on 9/5/2012 @ 8:53am
I thought they would kick you out for drawing pictures ?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/5/2012 @ 10:09am
I didn't draw them in the courtroom...

by CaptainBritton on 9/5/2012 @ 10:28am
American Woman #1 was drawn almost entirely on 3x5 notecards. It works for stealthy cartooning!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/5/2012 @ 10:50am
When I worked at a job with no jury leave or paid vacation, they sent me summons like clockwork every 3 months for damn near 2 years. I used the "financial hardship" card every time.

Now that I have a job with paid jury leave and vacation (thus am able to actually show up), I'm off their radar. Go figure.

Pierce County courts are ran by a bunch of Jury Trolls, I suspect.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/5/2012 @ 11:00am
I showed up anyway, financial hardship or not. It is one's civic duty, after all...

by fredo on 9/5/2012 @ 6:15pm
Wal-mart pays $73 per day=bad thing

County court juror is paid $10 per day=good thing

by JesseHillFan on 9/5/2012 @ 7:25pm
It's a disgrace and a shame that jurors are not paid at least minimum wage. 

by The Jinxmedic on 9/6/2012 @ 10:05am

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/6/2012 @ 10:31am
Civic duty my ass.

I had to pay my own bills, no spouse or parents or whoever to help me out. If I missed work, I wouldn't make rent. When you don't pay rent, it tends to have bad ramifications.
I'm sorry, but civic duty isn't worth that kind of hardship.

by cisserosmiley on 9/6/2012 @ 10:39am
If it were a serious duty ALL eligible folks would be called, you would know what year (approx) you will be called, and then your name is recycled. I have been registered to vote in Tacoma since before Bill Clinton's first election and have never been called, but my wife has been called twice in the past seven years. It's dumb to think that this type of randomization brings stability & ethics to juries.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/6/2012 @ 12:00pm
That is my point about a "jury of your peers". It isn't, and it never will be. The courts will continue to select the most ill-informed and uneducated juries that they can, because that is the only way that the opposing counsels can influence the jury with a finely crafted legal argument. (I would have made a fine lawyer, actually.)

And Thorax- I don't have any alternate income or outside help, either. Jury duty is a hardship for me, as my employer will not pay for my time while serving- and as it turns out, will not authorize vacation because "I should have gotten out of it". We live on a shoestring on a single income (thanks mostly to a nasty underwater mortgage payment that we were unable to refinance as planned), but still spend what little we have left over on others that need a hand up. Sometimes that bites us on the butt, and sometimes it doesn't. Why do we do it? Because we care about our community. That is the same reason I take civic responsibilities seriously.

By the way, I detest the two-party system and its fake democracy. Want to throw the power brokers for a loop in November? Everybody vote "Libertarian", and watch the constitutional crisis that ensues as the power brokers try to shut down the vote.

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2012 @ 12:16pm
what happened to the integrity cartoon? stop working for that evil racist man!

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2012 @ 12:36pm
unionize the NWTM !  death to tyrants !

by The Jinxmedic on 9/6/2012 @ 12:40pm
The decision has been made. The details are in the timing, my friend.

by mossguy on 9/6/2012 @ 9:36pm