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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:44 PM
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Card carrying freeper blogging while on jury?
BLOGGERS POSTS DONT EQUAL JUROR MISCONDUCT
Riffraff Comment Concerned State High Court, but Criminal Conviction Stands

BY MOLLY McDONOUGH

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a rapist, rejecting his claims that he was denied a fair trial because his jury foreman turned out to be a blogger who complained about having to show up for jury duty to deal with the local "riffraff."

The case may serve as a cautionary tale for trial lawyers in New Hampshire and elsewhere as grumbling about jury service from local barbershops and coffeehouses moves to the Internet.

Indeed, prospective jurors and active jurors are already blogging about their past experiences, and at least on one occasion, directly from the courthouse during service.

At the center of the New Hampshire appeal is small-town blogger Scott Vachon of Laconia.

In the days before he was to report for jury duty, Vachon posted this on his blog: "Lucky me, I have jury duty!" and, "Now I get to listen to the local riffraff try and convince me of their innocence." Later, he also posted on the now-defunct blog that he was surprised that after two days of jury selection, he hadnt been "booted due to any strong beliefs I had about police, God, etc." Vachon could not be reached for comment.

http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/oc6juror.html
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KyndCulture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:47 PM
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1. Probably not smart. ...
to discuss jury duty in a blog.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:54 PM
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2. Mr. Vachon should never serve on ANY Jury, and the voir dire
process needs to be improved: "Now I get to listen to the local riffraff try and convince me of their innocence."

:wtf: He's got it backwards as, unfortunately, do many Americans. Presumption of Innocence, you blogging lowlife, NOT Presumption of Guilt!
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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:45 PM
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3. For those who can stomach it...
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 03:46 PM by madmusic
A google of freeper with "jury duty" hits on interesting results.

They either hate it, like many do, or consider it a chance to convict.

One freeper even bragged about turning the other 11 jurors around who voted for acquittal.

It's their blind faith in the executive branch.

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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:04 PM
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4. Why am I not surprised?
Because nothing on the slacker side of freepers does, nor their closed minds.
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