A short story explaining the easiest way to get out of having to “serve” as a juror in your own state, in any US court.
I play water polo with a club team and last week while we were in the locker room getting ready to jump in the pool, a fellow teammate was complaining that he was going to miss the next practice because he was chosen to serve on a jury for an upcoming trial.Â He was only being paid $15 per day versus the $250 per day his normal earnings yielded so he was not a happy camper.Â I told him that I know an easy way to get out of jury duty every single time and of course, everyone in the locker room wanted to know, including one of my attorney friends that happened to be there as well.Â So I continued, “first thing you need to do is to look up online for your own state’s requirements to be a qualified juror.Â In California, the very first requirement is to be “A domiciliary of the State of California.”Â Then you must understand what that means…so I asked them all if they knew.Â Well no one spoke up including the attorney, but they were all listening.Â I said, “a domiciliary of the State of California is an individual that resides in the State of California.”Â So then I asked, do you reside in the state of California?Â He said I think so but then he did not know how to prove it to himself.Â So I explained to him that first one must know WHERE the State of California (SOC) is located.Â Now most people believe that the SOC is a geographic region, right?Â Well, it’s not and upon close inspection of the Organic Laws of the USA and the State of California Constitution, one arrives at the correct answer.Â I gave them a hint; I told them in Article III Section I of the California Constitution is the following sentence: “The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.” The “land” being referred to is federal territory so the State of California is the land owned by and under the exclusive legislated jurisdiction of the United States of America. (And does not include land not owned by the USA, which is probably where most readers live.)Â So now I asked, “do any of you have a permanent residence on or in federal territory i.e. a state park or military base?”Â Of course every single one of them said they have never resided on federal land because no one is allowed to be domiciled on federal land, except for a park ranger or two, and they are federal employees that are required to reside there for employment purposes only.
So then, the question of the juror dilemma isÂ easily answered by disqualifying oneself from jury duty based on facts of law.Â Â (Therefore you do not qualify and are in fact legally bared)Â You can’t possibly be a domiciliaryof the State of California or a citizen of the United States because you do not reside in either one of those places.Â The Articles of Confederation, November 15, 1777 provide the necessary alternative to being a U.S. citizen:
Article IV. “The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different states in this union, the free inhabitants of each of these states, paupers, vagabonds and fugitives from Justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several states; and the people of each state shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other state, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions and restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restriction shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal of property imported into any state, to any other state of which the Owner is an inhabitant; provided also that no imposition, duties or restriction shall be laid by any state, on the property of the united states, or either of them.
I almost forgot to mention that my water polo buddy showed up Friday for practice because he had successfully disqualified himself from jury duty. Bingo! Thanks for reading.
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