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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Jury Duty

I was called for jury duty at the Municipal Courts. It’s a drag but I always say that if I was down by law I’d want a reasonable person such as myself to be on the panel.
I’d been reading about the “broken window theory” recently and this came to mind as I got inside the grimy courthouse with spotty lighting and graffiti’d bathroom. When politicians speak of class warfare they’re usually spouting off against progressive tax structures, but I see a different kind of class war going on here. I’m no anarchist, but
there’s some sorry sacks up against it here. This is the education system of last resort.
I got on a panel, but during the truncated voir dire, the prosecuting attorney must have seen me wonder why someone would retain counsel and ask for a jury trial for a $200
speeding ticket. I was struck out and sent back to the assembly room.
We got a lunch break, and some of us walked next door to the cop shop to the cafeteria. Going down the dingy stairway we were assaulted by an evil funk that was overpowering the reek of disinfectant. That’s the smell of misery, I said. One look at the cafeteria convinced me to ankle it a few blocks to a civilian establishment, chicken fried steak, hold the despair.
A few more hours in the assembly room, read, talked with some other citizens. I hijacked the television and watched Jeopardy. Finally they paid me my $6 and gave me a bus pass.There’s no place like home.


At 2:38 AM , Blogger Silence Dogwood said...

Crimestoppers publishes a tabloid called "The Wanted Ads" with pictures of the latest fugitives.
Reading it, I figured out that the average height of the murder suspects is five foot three. So remember; watch out for the little guy.

At 4:51 PM , Blogger Mom of Three said...

If I ever get a jury duty summons, I don't know what the Hell I am supposed to do with three kids under eight. Guess I'll just bring them along and hope for the best.

At 8:40 PM , Blogger judge chief charly hoarse said...

Be sure to read the back of your jury summons carefully. There you can learn if you are exempt, like someone who is taking care of toddlers; or, find instructions about how to ride Metro free or where to park. All courts give you a chance or two to reschedule, if you call them in time.


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