Last Fall 2023 I was notified that as a citizen I had the solemn duty and honor to serve as a potential juror in 2024. On 01/23/2024 I was notified that I will be included in the jury pool (venire) that will assemble on 02/27/2024 at the Utah County Fourt Judicial District Courthouse in Provo, Utah. The awesome new courthouse on Freedom Blvd, in Provo.
It is an aggravated murder case, spanning three weeks long. (I’m sure the defense investigators will be googling the jury pool and read this.)
A FEW REMARKS ON JURY DUTY
Duty of a Citizen. I feel that is a citizen’s solemn duty, honor and privilege to serve on juries. I will be losing thousands of dollars by being gone from my legal practice for three weeks, but that is a cost of a free government. Others have died overseas and paid the ultimate cost for freedom, a few weeks in immaterial.
Freedom. The jury keeps us free from tyrannical government.
Power Check. The jury of our peers checks powerful groups where playing field is not always so financially level. It protects minorities groups and peoples.
Democracy. Everyone Votes. The jury is pure courtroom democracy.
Anchor of the Constitution. “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Thomas Jefferson, 1788.
Since 1847 Utah. Utahns have been tried by Utah juries ever since the pioneers arrived in Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
Since Settlement USA. Americans have been tried by juries since the first settlement at Jamestown in 1607 where the settlors brough over the English Common Law and juries.
100% Agreement. If we are going to incarcerate you, all jurors must 100 percent agree that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest legal burden in the U.S. legal system.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME AND NEED A TRIAL LAWYER TO TELL YOUR STORY TO THE JURY, PLEASE CALL/TXT JAKE GUNTER. (801) 373-6345. LET HIS 20 YEARS OF COURTROOM EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU.