Jury Duty II

What I remember of the questionnaire they had us all fill out: They asked a lot of the usual demographic questions, plus some others:

  • Ex-spouses and partners, as well as relatives, and what work they do.
  • What newspapers and periodicals you subscribe to/read
  • Where else you get your news
  • “Do you use the internet: Yes/No”
  • Do you have bumper stickers or personalized license plates on your car? If so, what?
  • Have you followed any trials in the news? Which ones?
  • What kinds of TV shows do you watch?
  • Do you watch police procedural TV shows, e.g., Law and Order, CSI, Forensic Files?
  • What are your hobbies? What do you do with your free time?
  • Belong to any social, civic, charitable, organizations?
  • Do you belong to the NRA? Own a gun? Have you ever fired a gun? Other experiences with guns? What do you think about firearms?
  • Religious organizations, or spirituality in general?
  • Do you belong to/support police watchdog group such as the ACLU or others?  (I don’t remember the exact wording, but this was the gist of the question, and the ACLU was listed.)
  • If they were to testify, would you believe a police officer, just because they’re a police officer?
  • Ditto, expert witness?
  • What experience if any have you had with police officers? Positive, or negative?
  • Have you ever been the victim of a crime? What? What injury/loss did you suffer? Friends and family?  Witnessed a crime?
  • Do you believe that some racial/ethnic groups are more likely to commit crimes than others? If so, which ones?
  • Do you believe that crime is a result of individual choice?  (I can’t remember the exact wording, but the gist of this was, do you think people who commit crimes are responsible, or is it just their circumstances?)
  • What immediately comes to mind when you read the following: Police? Defense attorney? Prosecutor? Judge?
  • What do you think of the jury system?  (one line to answer)
  • The law says innocent until proven guilty – can you uphold this? Yes/No; explain
  • Several related questions about the defendant not testifying; not having to prove his/her innocence; a list of questions about the law around jury trials and can you follow it
  • If you believe a person is guilty, is there anything to stop you from voting “guilty”? same, not guilty?

2 responses to “Jury Duty II

  1. Pingback: I214 Needs and Usability Assessment » Bizarre Jury Duty Questionnaire

  2. Holy cow! I haven’t been called here in California yet, but I have in Texas. I never had to fill out anything like that!

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