Going overboard protecting the accused?

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    The jury in a Pinellas County Fla murder case will be sequestered for the entire murder trial of a woman who is accused of killing her 2 year old daughter. The trial is expected to last at least three months. They will be transported a hundred miles under armed guard and locked in a hotel without being able to watch News programs or read newspapers for the entire duration. Have we gone overboard in protecting the rights of the accused? Aside from the expense to the county in a downturn economy the jurors will be away from their jobs and their families for the entire time under guard just as if they were convicted of a crime. No wonder people don't register to vote anymore, that's where they get the jury selection.
     
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    That's what I used to think, until my son, who's severely autistic and never registered to vote got a jury summons....

    I have no problems with sequestering the jury, I do think that they should be paid whatever money they are losing from their job rather than the going rate, which is think is about $5 a day. I do not think we can pay too much for justice. In general, I don't think we've spent enough on it. Pay the judges less, the jurors more. That income gap is shameful in the richest country in the world.
     
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    Incorrect. almost every state and the federal government draw their jury pools from motor vehicle registrations.
     
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    My autistic son doesn't drive either, although we did get him an id card...hmmm. And that's makes it even scarier since up until recently our state gave licenses to illegal aliens.
     
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    Perhaps I misworded that since state IDs come from the DMV, in most states I'm not sure about ALL states, so they to are in the jury pool.
     
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    In California, they used to use voter registration lists, but they found that the lists were way too small, compared to DMV lists, so they switched to DMV lists.
     
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    I think you have "motor voter" registration confused with jury selection lists brain. The "Jury Selection act of 1968" mandates that every US District Court create a list of names of prospective jurors culled from voter registration lists.
     
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    Ohh I thought this thread was about Bush apologists.
    Sorry.
     
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    Jeez (phony?)US citizen, why do you keep interrupting discussions with nonsense and apologizing? Are you the autistic kid they were talking about earlier in the discussion?
     
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    Protecting the rights of the accused(innocent until proven guilty) is the reason why we are a civilized nation. ;)
     
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