Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Things I'd rather not know
I've been stuck in a courtroom for the last two days.
Now, before you go and jump to conclusions...I was only there for jury selection.
I've never in all my 19 years of eligible voting have I been chosen for this...and I have to say, I'm glad.
It's NOTHING like CSI or Law and Order or even The Mentalist.
It's hardcore, and you come away being intimidated and embarrassed.
At least I did.
The first day we were in the courtroom till 6:30 pm. We had seen the prosecutor and defense attorney discard 13 people, and interrogate even more.
I sat uncomfortably in the "audience" watching all this and just praying, for the type of case that it was, that I wouldn't be called.
It's not worth the $17.50/day you get from the court.
At 6:30 pm the judge ruled that we wouldn't get finished that night, so we all had to come back in the morning. The groans in the courtroom were LOUD. I'm pretty sure my sigh was also heard.
So back we went the next day at 9am. This time, my name was called first to go sit in the vacated jury seats they were still wanting to be filled.
To say I was nervous is an understatement. I was sweating like I had just run a marathon. My breath was labored, and I was terrified of what I was gonna be asked.
The ladies and gentlemen in the box that had already been chosen were very nice, and we talked awhile until the judge showed up an hour later. (Yes, each day we waited an hour past the time we were told to be there for the judge to arrive.)
I was questioned first. I was asked if this case would bother me. I answered honestly that yes it would, cause YES IT WOULD. I'm sure the questioning about my job in a school is also what eventually excused me from the jury.
I know it's our civic duty if called, but I didn't want to know any more details about the case than I already found out just sitting in the audience waiting to be called
I felt like a freed man, and I wasn't even the one who had committed the crime.
I hope the jury picked did a fine job with this case, and I prayed for each of them this morning. They are certainly stronger than I am.