Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jury Duty

On Tuesday, I spent my day in this building. Yes, I had jury duty. My original date was to be in late November...a terrible time of year for someone who makes and sells handcrafted items for a living. I was able to reschedule for after Christmas thank goodness. Tuesday was the first time I was called that I made it farther than the jury pool room. Juror numbers were called, we were lined up and taken to the courtroom. We were told this was a criminal case and when 90 perspective jurors were needed, I knew this was probably a case I'd heard about on the news at some point. The judge explained the case, said it would be a 4-5 day trial. It was over a 3 hour process of the judge asking questions of the jurors. Jurors were then selected by the attorneys by the defense and the prosecution. I feel that I am fortunate that my number was high and I did not end up as a member of that jury. It was a violent crime against a child and as a mother of daughters, I really don't know that I could have been "fair and impartial" as much as I would have wanted to be. I'm sure there are people who can put their emotions aside, but I wear mine on my sleeve. But I did get to see the court room process up to the point when the jurors were seated. For me, it was a learning experience.

6 comments:

  1. I got called for jury duty once. I was a nervous wreck hoping I wouldn't get selected. It was a rape trail. Luckily I wasn't selected either.

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  2. Back when my kids were little I got my notice twice.
    I was the only stay at home mom around here that I knew and was frantic that I had no one I could trust to leave our boys with should I have to go.
    Luckily for me I wasn't needed either time.
    I would make a terrible juror because I am very cut and dried. I make up my mind about people in an instant, not a good quality for a juror. Mind you I have yet to be proved wrong.

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  3. The last time I was called to jury duty and was asked if I had an opinion about the case, I said "Yes, Sir!" then I was asked if I would be able to change my mind, I said "No, Sir!" ... and I was excused. It was a particularly grisly murder trial and yes, I would have said "guilty!".

    It is an honor to do jury duty, I served 3 times, the next time they summoned me, I had the doctor make a slip to excuse me.

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  4. Since moving to Oregon I've been called every two years. I have to admit I really dread getting those summons but I try not to complain because I believe it's necessary in a de mocracy. I turn 70 this year. That may end my misery.

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  5. So far my notices have all been cancelled before having to actually go in.
    Happy New Year!
    xo Cathy

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  6. always a scary scene! I really can't think of any court case that would be 'easy' to sit through. LUCY you!!! to skate by!

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