Jury Duty!

Call me a hopeless romantic, but tomorrow I have jury duty and I’m looking forward to it. For years, I have had to say “no” to jury duty because I was “responsible for the care of minors under the age of 18 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.” Since that is no longer the case, I received my summons as if it were an invitation to a grand ball, complete with a coupon to buy a great dress for the occasion.

I think it’s my love of courtroom drama. Twelve Angry Men, Judgment at Nuremburg, To Kill a Mockingbird–even My Cousin Vinnie. I saw a fabulous play, The Caine Mutiny Court Marshal, on stage in Hollywood some years ago with Charleton Heston (politics aside, the man was a great actor). Let’s not forget Perry Mason, who was probably the progenitor of it all.

My older son was called in for jury duty earlier this year. He was surprised how many people were dismissed from duty because their English language skills were lacking. Actually, he was frustrated because he felt those people were wasting his time. After two days, my son was dismissed too. It was a trial involving a suspected gang member, and my son’s pants were a little too baggy for the prosecution’s comfort.

My fantasy is that it will be a murder case with the prosecution seeking the death penalty, and I’ll make an eloquent extemporaneous speech opposing the death penalty, bringing the courtroom to tears. I’ll be dismissed as a juror, but will go out in style.

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5 Responses to “Jury Duty!”

  1. Sarah Says:

    My husband recently completed jury duty for which he was selected for a murder trial. I don’t recommend it. It was not a nice experience for any of us. The reality of a murder trial is just not the same as a movie. It was extremely upsetting to be involved in, to the point that I realized that if I ever *was* picked for something like that, I would have to excuse myself. I know I couldn’t handle it.

    One thing that he did find nice was the Gold Line train ride downtown each morning and afternoon. šŸ™‚

  2. Bill Howdle Says:

    I have never ever been selected for jury duty and actually I only know one other person that had been.
    I am not all that sure about the inner workings of our trial system here in Canada, maybe a judge decides most. I wish you well.
    Bill

  3. Christina Says:

    I love jury duty. Two years ago, I was selected to serve on an assault and battery trial. It was fascinating, not easy, but fascinating nonetheless. I feel like I learned so much about how our system works, slowly, but in at least the case I worked on, effectively.

    And the perks are nice–long lunches downtown with a free pass to MOCA. Not too shabby.

  4. Aaron Proctor Says:

    You don’t link to my blog but I link to yours šŸ˜¦

  5. Kelly L.C. Russell Says:

    @ Sarah, Yes, I can see that certain cases would be terrifically difficult. This one had three hot buttons for me: homelessness, substance abuse and law enforcement. At the end of my one relatively short day, I felt I’d been run over by a Hummer.

    @ Bill, Thanks for the kind wishes. Backatcha!

    @ Christina, Jury duty is a great way to learn about the system, and I hope I get to serve one of these days. We didn’t get a long lunch, but as soon as I was dismissed I went to MOCA. : )

    @ Aaron, My bad. I’ll fix it.

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