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20 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

Nope. I don't think I've ever seen the inside a courtroom even.

 

Curious as I used to be a D&D rules lawyer.

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I have been peripherally involved, but never actively involved in a couple of trials. Court rooms are the worst. 

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35 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

Not in recent years. Being Immortal, I have witnessed several trails, most would curl your hair and are not family friendly topics. 

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36 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

No. 

 

Unless the Voir Dire stage counts. Then Yes. 

 

Voir Dire literally means “truth saying”. But it is now the legal term for questioning potential jurors and then deciding which ones to reject. Out of six lifetime summonings for jury duty I got that far one time out of the six. On that instance I was questioned a bit; then I was excused/rejected. 

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41 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

 

The closest I ever came was to have my number called from the Jury pool, walk up, and sit in the box for about 3 seconds before the judge said I was dismissed.

 

I'm pretty sure the plaintiff's lawyer dinged me for not fitting the profile of someone sympathetic enough to their client. It was so fast that the judge quipped something to the effect of "I hope you enjoyed it.", and then it was off to the waiting room.

 

The rest of us were dismissed a short while after lunch.

 

42 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

In the Netherlands you stand trial before professionals not before a jury of citizens.

So no.

 

Technically, being on trial is also "taking part". Any dark secrets lurking in your past? :devil:

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45 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

An official legal trial? No.

 

I have participated in hearings for disciplinary action, both in high school and in a volunteer organization (and never as the person under scrutiny), but these don't count as trials.

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1 minute ago, klarg1 said:

 

The closest I ever came was to have my number called from the Jury pool, walk up, and sit in the box for about 3 seconds before the judge said I was dismissed.

 

I'm pretty sure the plaintiff's lawyer dinged me for not fitting the profile of someone sympathetic enough to their client. It was so fast that the judge quipped something to the effect of "I hope you enjoyed it.", and then it was off to the waiting room.

 

The rest of us were dismissed a short while after lunch.

 

 

Technically, being on trial is also "taking part". Any dark secrets lurking in your past? :devil:

 

Technically, being on trial is also "taking part"

 

I never stood trial.

 

Any dark secrets lurking in your past?

 

I never stood trial. Which means I'm totally innocent or very smart.. :devil:

 

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On 10/23/2019 at 2:53 PM, Morihalda said:

 

On 10/22/2019 at 11:52 PM, TGP said:

Do any of these look familiar?

 

Maybe that teacher was really nice and bought 2-3 different sets and combined them into a big glorious pile of blocks. 

Nah, these were tiny and were made of stone. Thanks for investigating though :)

 

Not giving up yet...

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The reason I keep trying is that  little kid —past me would have reacted exactly [as] you did to a heap of blocks like that. Your comment struck a nerve. But in a happy way. 

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59 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

 

Yes. In the 90s my dad was given a ranch that belonged to an uncle who never married or had kids. Dad had helped him all his life. Dad hired him a housekeeper to help take care of him because he was about 80. The housekeeper who was 40 married the uncle and didn't like the fact that my dad was 1/2 owner of "her" new ranch. 2 years of nastiness including death threats against us and it finally went to trial. It was a total slam dunk win for my dad and embarrassment for the other side because my dad had never done anything wrong and all of their accusations were BS. All of the charges were thrown out of court. If the charges had been accepted there could have been jail time for fraud. They were ordered to split the land between them same as in a divorce. Felt good to win but cost more in time, money and emotions than the place was worth in my opinion. Sadly that was just the first of the cases involving that land and some other pieces belonging to a different aunt and uncle who also wanted my dad to have theirs. 20 years of lawyers and stupidity costing 100s of thousands of dollars as jealous vultures tried to take what was never theirs. The later accusations never made trial but ruined the last part of my dad's life and I'll be paying off the lawyer's fees for another decade or more. Fact you don't need to have done anything wrong to be sued and in Canada in a civil law suit there is no "innocent until proven guilty" rules. 

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

Nope.

 

Closest was a mock trial in 3rd year Fantasy English where our group tried to be the defense for the Orcs after the events of Lord of the Rings.
Needless to say our defense was unsuccessful.....

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

 

No. As a sea going officer I'm excused all jury duty... So I expect to get hit the day after I retire!

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

Yes, I have testified many times as a Parole Agent and even been called as an Expert Witness.

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Yes, four.  Three in the jury (one as foreman) and once as a witness.  Two of the juries were civil trials that went all the way to multi million dollar awards.  The one criminal jury I was on they pled out after the prosecution rested so it never went to deliberations.  

I have also been called about eight other times where I was never seated on a jury.

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 24: Have you ever taken part in a trial?

 

No.  Been called for jury duty many times, but always excused the night before.  Never did the mock trial thing in high school. 

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