Jury Duty V: Verdict and Aftermath

Previously: Deliberations. An hour after we had come to our decision we were ushered back into the courtroom. I had expected all the participants to be present: the victim, the witnesses, the family, etc. Instead, it was just the judge, bailiff and clerk, the defendant and his wife, the two lawyers, and us. The foreman had expressed concern that he

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Jury Duty IV: Deliberations

Previously: The Trial This is the part of the story where I become a hero. You already know how it goes. We retire to the jury room and take a preliminary vote. It is 11-1 guilty, and I have cast the lone "Not Guilty" vote. Everyone else is shocked, but I explain my reasons. I point out subtle logical inconsistencies

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Jury Duty III: The Trial

Previously: Voir dire During voir dire we were lectured, questioned, and talked down to. Then the jury was selected and we broke for lunch. Upon our return, we were suddenly treated like royalty. "All rise for the jury," demanded the bailiff every time we entered the room. And the attorneys began speaking to us like we were their closest, most

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Jury Duty II: Voir Dire

Previously: Summons. Unlike the first two jury pools, my group of 50 did not immediately tromp off to meet their judge. We were instead asked to fill out a questionnaire and return it to the Courthouse Clerk. I picked up mine, returned to my seat, and felt my zeal for Jury Duty whoosh out of me like oxygen from an

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Jury Duty I: Summons

All my life I have wanted to do Jury Duty. As a teen I was addicted to Perry Mason novels and L.A. Law; in college I got a phenomenal score on a practice LSAT test I took for kicks; in Peace Corps I resolved to become an environmental lawyer upon my return to the States. In a sense, my interest

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Law And Order: Matthew Baldwin Unit

Jury Duty -- huzzah! No postings until I manage to weasel my way out or until my trial is concluded. Update: Stupid justice system. Apparently I possess subpar weasling skills, so no yeti for the remainder of the week. I leave you with: Overheard Jury Pool Pickup Lines "Is this your first time on jury duty?""So, who's your judge?""You wanna

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