DRNow wrote:So I'm interested to hear if anyone thinks being a Buddhist is in any way incompatible with jury service?
David N. Snyder wrote:In general, no. However, there are certain cases where it might be best to be excused. I was called for jury duty for a pimp who allegedly killed a prostitute, beating her over the head with a golf club and dumping her body in the desert. The prosecutors wanted the death penalty. I was asked if I had any objections to the death penalty and I said I did. They asked me what my religion was and if the death penalty was incompatible with my religious beliefs. I answered that I am Buddhist and that it is incompatible. I was released from jury duty. If he is guilty, the defendant is certainly a terrible person, but I wouldn't want to be compelled to contribute to sentencing a person to death. (In Nevada juries determine guilt and innocence and determine the sentence.)
DRNow wrote:Hi everyone. Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere but I couldn't see anything on the topic so here it goes...
I've just been notified that I'm going to be called for jury service at some point in the next 3 weeks, which I feel rather ambivalent about. On one hand I'm happy to be involved in what I consider to be an important part of the democratic process, but on the other, I have a real sense of unease about it, based largely I suppose on the possibility that I might contribute towards someone else's suffering. Now I'm certainly not looking to get out of it, but I noticed that excusal can be applied for by people who "are a practising member of a religious society or order the tenets or beliefs of which are incompatible with jury service". So I'm interested to hear if anyone thinks being a Buddhist is in any way incompatible with jury service?
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