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United States v. Council

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Florence Division

July 17, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
BRANDON MICHAEL COUNCIL

          ORDER GOVERNING JURY SELECTION PROCEDURES

          R. Bryan Harwell United States District Judge.

         Initial Summons and Standard Juror Questionnaire

         1. On or about October 1, 2018, the Clerk shall send a jury summons along with instructions to immediately complete the Standard Jury Questionnaire to 2, 000 persons whose names are randomly drawn from the qualified jury wheel in accordance with this district's Amended Jury Selection Plan. Subject to approval from the Chief Judge, prospective jurors will be randomly drawn from a district-wide pool in accordance with the Amended Jury Selection Plan.[1]

         2. The Clerk's office shall follow its normal procedures for following up on undeliverable summonses and with regard to prospective jurors that do not complete the Standard Juror Questionnaire.

         3. Copies of completed Standard Juror Questionnaires will be available to the parties starting on November 9, 2018, and will be produced to the parties in rolling batches beginning on this date and continuing as expeditiously as possible. To obtain copies of the Standard Juror Questionnaires, counsel must submit a Form JA SCD 503 Juror Questionnaire and List Request[2] by November 6, 2018.

         4. Pursuant to this district's Amended Jury Selection Plan, the Clerk of Court or her designee, the Jury Administrator, is hereby authorized to excuse jurors who seek to be excused for any of the following reasons, all of which are either per se grounds for excusal or bars to jury service:

a. Persons over 70 years of age;
b. Persons who have served as a federal grand or petit juror within the last 2 years;
c. Persons having active care and custody of a child or children under 10 years of age whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service; or persons who are essential to the care of aged or infirm persons;
d. Persons whose services are so essential to the operation of business, commercial or agricultural enterprise that it must close or cease to function if they are required to perform jury duty;
e. Volunteer safety personnel who serve without compensation as firefighters or members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew for a public agency;
Full-time members of the following groups (f - h below) are barred from jury service.
f. Members in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States, defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101(a)(4) as including only the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard;
g. Members of the fire or police departments of any State, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States, or any subdivision of a State, the District of Columbia, or such territory or possession; or
h. “Public officers” (i.e. persons either elected to public office or directly appointed by a person elected to public office) in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the Government of the United States, or of any State, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States, or any subdivision of a State, the District of Columbia, ...

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