Jury Duty. Not exactly on my list of favorite things to do.
What does it conjure up ? LA Law, Perry Mason, maybe Law & Order ? Do you want to be sequestered? Sounds possibly exciting.
The last time I was called to be in the pool for jurors was several years ago. I didn't get chosen to sit on the jury, but I did have to listen to the prosecutor and defense lawyer explain the upcoming case. It was actually quite interesting. A man went to a dancing bar and got angry with another over a girl. He left the bar and went out to his car where he had a bat. He took the bat and beat the other man with it as he left the bar. Almost a county song.
After being questioned by the lawyers, they chose who they wanted to sit on the jury. I didn't get get to sit--but I was okay with that.
Now the opportunity was back again. Ugh,--- don't get me wrong. I appreciate our system of justice in the United States and I realize there needs to be a jury of peers for it to work. I just don't want to be one of the peers. I don't want to take off work to be available. [They do pay us $7.50 per day for our trouble Whoo Hoo! ] I don't want to hold the fate of someone in my hands, especially if the alleged crime is severe.
But I got the notice to serve. To do my civic duty. Show up or have a warrant put out on me.
For one week I called the courthouse every evening to see if I needed to go in. Thankfully each night I got the message that there were no trials scheduled for the following day. Yay!
So...I was a good citizen and did my civic duty. I served my time as a potential member of the jury pool. And now I am done--without ever having to actually go in. Hopefully it will be several years before my turn comes up again.
Have you ever served on a jury?