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Boy! Do the wheels of justice ever grind slowly.
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:44pm

I did my civic duty and served on a jury this week.

Showed up at 8:30am Monday only to be let go at 9:30 due to some case irregularities. New evidence or something for the pending case. Was told to call a phone number after 5:00pm to get updates. The 5:00pm phone recording informed me to show up at 8:30am Wednesday, but to check and see nothing had changed by calling the phone number Tuesday after 5:00pm again. Called Tuesday and found no changes. That being, juror numbers 1-150 still needed to show up Wednesday morning at 8:30. least I'm done with that for another 2 years minimum.

Showed up Wednesday at 8:30 with about 70-80 others I'd estimate. I had Juror number 106 on my initial paperwork that was mailed to me. After some sort of computer lottery mechanism, I ended up with number 2 of 45. The 45 of us went upstairs to the courtroom for initial interviews with the judge, prosecuting, and defense attorneys. Broke for lunch. Returned and found out we were pared down to 30. More interviews and then returned to the jury waiting room. By late afternoon we were we were pared down to the final 11 plus 2 alternates. The case was a domestic violence case that lasted from about 9:30am until 6:00pm yesterday. We retired to the jury room for deliberations. By 10:30pm we were still hung. The judge declared a mistrial and informed us he wasn't surprised. Both sides had weaknesses and inconsistencies in the cases. Essentially, it was a "he said, she said" fiasco. He stated that's quite typical for domestic violence cases.

It was the first time I'd ever been selected. It was the first time I made it past enough cuts to be interviewed. Usually, in the past, I got to skate out early. It was a great experience, but I can't say I'd look forward to doing another.

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