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solos jury duty

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by VLM, Aug 13, 2002.

  1. VLM

    VLM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    For you solos out there, I just got sent a letter informing me I am being considered for Jury duty. On the questionaire there is a possible exception for business owners and I will ask to be excused for that reason. Just wondering if any of you have done this and if you were successful.
  2. nova385

    nova385 LawnSite Member
    from Mid MI
    Posts: 69

    Just show up in a metalica t-shirt(nothing wrong with metalica), and tell 'em you hate everyone!
    This will get you back to work in a hurry:D
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Yes, I got called for July duty once. I explained my situation, and they said just to show up some time in the next 12 months. I went in January and got on a 3 day case. ( I was foreman).
  4. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    Just show up, give the judge a little 'wink' and whisper in his ear "Will I get a ringside seat to the execution?".

    You'll be back to mowing lawns in no time.
  5. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    i've never been called but was told that if you are a solo operator of any business you should be able to tell them that it would be detrimental to your business and your family. that should be enough to get you out of it
  6. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    I usually have from 8 - 10 employees and have been sent 2 such letters. I have sent them a letter back telling them it would be an honor to serve but i feel it will be a burden to my business and family. They have never called me to serve
  7. Alan Bechard

    Alan Bechard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    Just did it with Hanna, one of the questions was "are you a sole proprietor" and if you answered yes they wanted some documentation and that was it.

    I think they pay $10 a day to serve. Civic duty and all but heck, they wont let her vote either.

    It would kill you if you got on a long drawn out case or anything.

    Al B
  8. I've not been able to get excused as a sole prop. but have never had trouble getting defered to off season. A phone call takes care of it.
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    They are very accomidating in Wisconsin. If you are scheduled and you tell them you are on vacation, they will reschedule.
    I personally was called and did serve but it was in February so there was no problem. While in the staging area I heard many PITIFUL excuses from people not wanting to serve. Being that I am in farm country there were 2 dairy farmers that said they would try to make it if needed but they were let go by the judge.

    I must say it was a very compelling experience for me because it was a very high profile case for this area. It lasted 10 days. We weren't sequestered but couldn't discuss the case or listen to tv,radio or read the paper about the trial. I can honestly say that I did not, it helped because after the case was over I read some of the speculation and junk written by the media and it almost made me puke.

    Sorry I got off the topic a little. Its not as bad as everyone makes it sound but if you are a SP try and get it in the winter.
    Good Luck
  10. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    I got one last year and got exscused with a phone call

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