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A New York Grand Jury Foreman:

Hello, I thought you might like to hear from a current Grand Jury foreman. I am currently serving on a Federal Grand Jury in . . . New York. I have been a juror a total of five times in the past twenty years; county trial jury (twice), county civil trial, state Grand Jury, and now Federal Grand Jury. When I received the summons this time I told my friends and coworkers that I had finally made the big leagues.

My jury was impaneled on June 25, 1997 for a 12 month term but were just extended for 6 months. The people who work for large companies, or are retired had no problem with the extension. Those who work in small companies grumbled but accepted the extension.

Your home page has a lot of good information that covers every aspect of the Grand Jury. The next time we meet I will give the URL (and the title of your book) to the jury coordinator to give to newly appointed panels. This information will be a big help to jurors who have never served before and enable them to be more effective jurors sooner, with a shorter learning process. Some members of my jury had no idea what a Grand Jury did, or didn't do. In fact, most people who hear I am on a jury ask why I didn't try to get out of it. Besides telling them that serving is one of the most interesting things they can do, I try to get them to understand it is one of their obligations that comes with living under our legal system. The line I use most is "I would hate to think that if I was ever falsely accused of a crime that I had my fate in the hands of a jury that didn't want to be there".

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