Another worried his orthodontics business would suffer. Still another needed to find daycare. The financial strain will be difficult. Some businesses pay for more than the three days of service required by Colorado law, but many don’t. That limits jury service to those who won’t suffer serious financial hardship — retirees, government employees, those who work for large corporations — which can alter the panel, said Joseph Rice, managing partner of the Jury Research Institute, a California-based trial consulting firm. “All of a sudden, you’ve taken a jury of your peers, which is supposed to be a random cross-section of the community, and now it has become dramatically skewed,” he said.
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As thousands of jurors arrive at the courthouse for questioning, both sides in the mass murder trial are worried that some potential jurors are saying whatever they can to avoid serving. Prosecutors have asked the judge not to reveal why he releases jurors, for fear of handing out a road map for others trying to avoid being on the case. And defense attorney Daniel King warned the judge who was listing off the reasons to let people go: You have to consider the fact that people may not want to sit on this jury. It wont be easy for those picked. Jury selection could last until June, and the trial could run into October. The court will pay jurors just $50 a day during that time, and Colorado employers only have to pay their workers for the first three days of jury service. The chosen 24, including 12 alternates, wont be allowed to talk to anyone – even each other – about the case until deliberations start, which means bearing the stressful experience alone.
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Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
So many notices went out that witnesses to the attack received them, as did relatives of staffers in the district attorney’s office. They were immediately dismissed. The number has already been whittled to 7,000 because many summonses were undeliverable. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. had dismissed 384 potential jurors by the end of the day Monday. Most of the reasons weren’t made public, but a few people had doctors’ notes, couldn’t speak English, weren’t residents of Arapahoe County or had pressing family responsibilities.
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