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Subject:I've been subpoenaed!
Time:06:06 am
 About a month ago I witnessed a traffic accident (hell, I was almost part of it)  when a woman, obviously not exactly lucid at the time, decided she wanted to make her own lane of traffic while we were stopped at a red light, nearly hit me, *did* hit the guy in front of me, proceeded into the middle of a busy intersection with her left turn signal on, and promptly passed out.... all from the far right lane.  Evidently she was charged with DUI and it's her second account and she wants her day in court.  So guess who was the good citizen and came back to make sure she was okay when I saw she was slumped in the seat as I passed her?  Guess who filled out a police report and was, unfortunately, only one of two people who filled one out to actually *see* the whole thing and not just the car in the intersection?  And guess who just got subpoenaed to appear in court next month as a witness for the prosecution?

Sigh.

The good news is that work *will* pay for my time... not like I have much choice in the matter unless I want to be arrested myself.  I've actually sat on a jury before in a federal weapons trial (believe me that sounds much more exciting than the actual case was seeing as it was just a convicted felon in possession of a gun and a variety of bullets) but it was a very interesting experience, especially in that it was over in two days.  Let's just hope the same can be said for this one.
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bramble_rose
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Time:2007-10-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the subpoena, but you definitely did the right thing. Will keep fingers crossed the case settles out of court before it gets to trial.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-25 02:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have to qualms about going and testifying if they need me, although I would perfer not to have to sit up there with the person accused staring at me. But I guess with a second offense, she really doesn't have much to lose by going to trial.
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dr_dredd
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Time:2007-10-24 02:24 pm (UTC)
Huh. I got subpoena'ed once, too. I'd been working in the Psych ER and one of the patients I admitted was having issues with Child Protective Services. (I have no idea why they wanted me to testify, since I'd only done the medical clearance exam, but that's another story.) I showed the thing to our Legal department. They did something behind the scenes, and no more subpoena. Maybe you can get yours quashed, too.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-25 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what they expect from me either because I can't say if she was or was not intoxicated at the time. I honestly went back because I thought she could have had a stroke or seizure or something like that. But unfortunately, since it isn't work related, I don't have a legal department to take advantage of. *G*
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crownglass39
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Time:2007-10-24 02:29 pm (UTC)
It proves true the phrase "No good deed goes unpunished" but good for you for stopping!

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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-25 02:16 am (UTC)
You just never know... was she just a crappy driver, was she drunk, was she having a heart attack? So I couldn't just ignore it once I saw she was passed out. But, yeah, when I got the first phone call warning me about the letter coming, that was the first thought I had, too.
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docfred
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Time:2007-10-25 02:00 am (UTC)
Hopefully it may be settled out of court or will go to trial and finish quickly. A collegue and I have been subpoenaed as witnesses for a court case that has been "headed to trial" for the last 12 months. It is now a standard joke between us about the monthly phone call that keeps pushing the date back.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-25 02:17 am (UTC)
A guy I work with was telling me something similar happened with him and he actually had to go back four separate times. Gah! If it finishes up in one day I'll be happy.
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springwoof
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Time:2007-10-25 02:06 am (UTC)
you did the right thing. good for you!
and if she *was* DUI, then maybe you'd be doing another good thing going in to testify...
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-10-25 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I totally agree. Drunk driving is so totally unacceptable in my book. And this was in my neighborhood, a few blocks from my house... my family, my friends and neighbors, we all drive that intersection daily. I'm just happy no one was hurt, regardless of the cause, and the only damage was minor to the guy in front of me.
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