If you have a little spare time on your hands or enjoy retirement, why not use some of it to put some good sense into our jury system? You can volunteer for jury duty. Look at the Florida Statute below, and check out your own state for a similar one. Follow the law and VOLUNTEER.
WHILE WAITING for your opportunity to serve, visit http://fija.org and study up on “Jury Nullification.” That is the power every juror has to nullify bad orders about the law from a judge. The judge will tell the jury what the law is and means. But judges have often told juries wrongly, and judges themselves do not necessarily know the law. Many times justices and judges on appellate court panels have disagreed with one another on the law or some aspect of it, and many unanimous opinions have differed from unanimous opinions from other venues. Even the Supreme Court has overturned prior Supreme Court opinions because of changes in Public Policy or the political climate. That proves that the law is UNKNOWABLE by the typical American. And if the law is unknowable or different from what the judge says, or otherwise inscrutable or confusing, the jury SHOULD acquit, regardless of the judge’s jury instructions.
Unfortunately, public schools don’t teach such common sense, and as a result, juries convict many people they should set free. Your fellow Americans need YOU, a FULLY INFORMED JUROR, on their jury, to keep a rogue judge and prosecutor from running over the defendant like a freight train.
You can download the Juror’s Handbook and other valuable guides from the FIJA website. Please forward this message to your friends, family, and associates.
Florida Statute 40.011 Jury lists.— (1) A clerk of the court shall generate a set of juror candidate lists derived from the source lists described in s.40.01. The source name lists and the juror candidate lists shall be maintained as specified in this chapter and in accordance with the juror selection plan approved in s. 40.225.
(2) Pursuant to s. 40.01, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall deliver quarterly to the clerk of the circuit court in each county a list of names of persons who reside in that county, who are citizens of the United States, who are legal residents of Florida, who are 18 years of age or older, and for whom the department has a driver’s license or identification card record.
(3) The clerk of the circuit court shall add to the list of licensed drivers and identification cardholders the name of any person who is 18 years of age or older and who is a citizen of the United States and a legal resident of this state and who indicates a desire to serve as a juror, but whose name does not appear on the department list, by requiring such person to execute an affidavit at the office of the clerk.
(4) The affidavit executed pursuant to subsection (3) must be in substantially the following form:
State of Florida
I, , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am years of age; that I am a citizen of the United States and a legal resident of Florida and County; that I personally make application for jury duty; that I am eligible to serve as a juror under the Constitution and laws of Florida; and that I reside at (Address)
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day of , (year) , at County, Florida.
(Signature and title of officer
(5) Using the source name lists described 1in subsections (2) and (3), a clerk of court may generate juror candidate lists as necessary to ensure a valid and consistent juror selection process. (a) The initial juror candidate list is derived from the name sources and shall be the master list from which prospective jurors are drawn for summons.
(b) The final juror candidate list shall contain a list of those persons, drawn from the initial candidate list as prescribed in this chapter, who are to be summoned as a pool for possible juror service.
History.—s. 2, ch. 91-235; s. 1, ch. 99-6; s. 1, ch. 2002-76; s. 7, ch. 2012-100.
1Note.—The word “in” was inserted by the editors.