Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Jury duty! Wahoo! Does it get much better than that?

I got the letters a while back, but didn't have to call in till Monday. So, on my way to the ball game I called in only to find that I was indeed being "called in". Alright, it can't be that bad, right? I'll go in, tell them that I know judges and prosecutors and lawyers, that I work on commission so I can't afford to serve - I'll be in and out.

Tuesday morning I woke up to a torrential down-pour, sure, we need the rain - but we didn't need 6 inches in an hour and a half (I suppose I exaggerate a bit, but only a bit). I got up, dressed as "appropriately" for court as I could in the rain, then headed down town. It took a bit, but I finally managed to find a parking space, then waded through a few pond-sized puddles and forded a stream that had once been a gutter. After all that I reached the courthouse looking like a drowned rat (and I had an umbrella - think of the poor people that didn't!).

Once there, I got a seat, got some instructions and then promptly got called into the jury box! I tried all of my arguments, but to no avail (though if I had known a cop that might have helped) - I was impaneled on a jury for a criminal trial.

So I sat through Tuesday's opening arguments and testimony. By Wednesday afternoon we're were done listening to all the testimony and were sent off to the Jury Room to deliberate. Still, no problem - we'll debate for a few moments, it's a slam dunk, and I'll be off to work.

Nope - no such luck - we're having trouble on the second count and headed back for more deliberations tomorrow! Crap....

Current Music: Why Worry - The All-American Rejects

Addendum - We came to a verdict on one and ended up deadlocked on the other, so we were a hung jury (so v. Law & Order!). The judge declared a mistrial on the second count, not sure what happens next, but I know it doesn't involve me!!!


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