The First First




Earlier this week, the Human Pinball sent me a link to a blog written by a woman who made a pact to do something she has never done every single day for a year. She blogged about it and turned it into a book. While there is no way I am going to follow her idea and do something new every day, I think I might be able to do something new now and then.

So, this week, I had my first first. I got selected to be on the jury for a federal criminal case. Of course, I can't really talk about it yet, but I will say that I am fascinated in many ways. The jury selection process was so interesting. There were about 50 people called that day, and they went through about 40 of us to pick 14. After awhile, I could predict who they would excuse.

So far, we have heard opening statements and seen 3 cute police officer witnesses. The judge, who is darling, says we should have just a couple more days. My fellow jurors are very interesting, including a woman who performed on Broadway for 10 years.

The only thing that I find annoying, is that while the judicial process is steeped in tradition, it is also ridiculously redundant in many ways that make a trial last too long and cost a lot.

My favorite story that I can share: during the jury selection, we were all asked if there was anything in our beliefs that would stop us from making a fair judgement. One young man, 26 years old, gave a big speech about hating big government and not trusting lawyers so he felt he could not make an unbiased decision.  It was obvious he was just trying to get excused from the jury. The judge did excuse him, but told him he would be attending every day until the case was finished so he could see how the judicial system works.  And the first day of court, there he was sitting in the courtroom, even wearing a suit and tie. I applauded the judge and then wanted to be one if I could boss people around like that!

I will admit that this is way out of my normal scope of life and I am enjoying it as well as seeing the importance of taking it seriously.

However..... I don't think the use of Vitamin C is probably a good idea in the court room.

Take Your Vitamin C.... or not!



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