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4/24/2005

Jury Duty: Live Blogging

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:18 pm

Well I promised I’d let you beachcombers know how jury duty went and while I may fulfill promises slowly, I always fulfill them.

Notes and thoughts from jury duty:

9am
Moved fast so far. Short security line. Took the stairs to the 2nd floor (you’d be amazed how many people take the elevators in this building. Really, people, it’s only 6 floors total).

Everyone congregating in the hall under the ‘jury assembly’ signs hanging from the ceiling. Only a few minutes before we are ushered into another room. Large, blue, lots of seats. CNN on TV. Odd – they told us we couldn’t bring newspapers, but CNN is ok. (Here I wrote in my notes, “Nxt 2 me % proof?” – I have no idea what that means.)

Thoughts as I sit watching CNN:
-Wonder if this place is wired for cable?
-Can I change the channel?
-What is that box?
-That wire certainly looks like a cable wire.

The guy sitting next to me is named Spencer. He does something with boats. Owner? Navigator? Something on the river. Tan, younger, more southern Tony Blair looking.

Woman who ushered us into room starts intro speech. Highlights:
-10 minutes on the definition on reserved parking and the penalties for occupying the elite’s pre-paid asphalt square.
-voter registration drive (she told us that if we weren’t registered to vote that we could do so while we were there. )
-confiscate cell/pager & not get back! (Yes, that’s right. The lady told us that if a cell phone, pager, watch or other technical device interrupted proceedings, the Court could take our device away and not give it back. Total BS if you ask me. The Court can’t simply confiscate your personal property indefinitely. Illegal seizure and due process violations abound).

Film. Very patriotic. I love America. I love jury duty.

Assigned numbers, I am 39. There are about 45 people here.

9:50, break. (A break and we’ve only been there 50 mins. Getting my first glimpse of life as a government employee).

10am
Returned to room & forced to sit in number order. So far so good – not have to sit by perfume lady. Leader lady passes around checks for $10. Tells us there is one case pending before Judge Brannen. Calculating odds. 12-14 out of 45. Eh.

Wait. Read book. Watch some CNN.

1034am
Leader lady comes in & says we’re on stand-by. Juror asks if case was going to settle. She claimed she didn’t know. I’m smelling a dismissal. Dismiss me. Dissmiss me. So sleepy, want to go home.

Someone has a cellphone on in here! Doh!

Snoring guy next to me is starting to gross me out. Damned assigned seats.

1050am
Oh joy. Another break.

So, Ms Jaime, is there anything that would prejudice you in this case?
Yeah, waiting two freakin’ hours in a windowless room. My hatred for the system is blinding.

1110am
Plea!! Huzzah. Free to go home.

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