Jury Duty Notes

I was called for jury duty sometime ago but originally requested a postponement due to a vacation I had scheduled. I was rescheduled for September 18th and I reported as required. The first jury pool request was 90 people so I knew this was going to be a big case. They started to read names from the list. My name wasn’t called…until the very end. I went up with everyone else to the jury room to find out the next step.

I can’t say much more than that except that I’m still in the jury selection process and it’s now September 22nd. We didn’t have selection on the 19th and the 20th ended up being a half day. We had a full day yesterday and this court doesn’t operate on Fridays so come Monday I will be back in court again.

If I get excused then I’ll publish all my notes and thoughts from the process as soon as that happens. Otherwise I’ll post a message that I’ve been selected and that you won’t hear more about it for about 4-5 weeks. After my work on the case has ended either way I’m going to publish detailed notes from the experience. It’s been an interesting and at the same time, extremely boring and frustrating process.

I will say, however, that it is interesting how often they point out that the burden is on the prosecution to establish guilt rather than the defense to establish innocence. I thought everyone in this country took Civics class in junior high but I guess not.

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