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May 26th, 2009

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02:34 pm - Fourth time around
Today was my fourth summons for jury duty and the first time I actually made it into a courtroom. (I was impanelled last time, but the case was settled or pled or dropped before we could be seated.) This was a criminal case: a breaking-and-entering charge, with a white male defendent and four white female witnesses (one from the police department).

I didn't make the initial cut of seven people, but defense counsel exercised one of his peremptory challenges and I was picked to replace the rejected juror. Just for a moment there, I thought I might actually see a case... and then the prosecutor exercised one of his peremptory challenges and threw me out. Still not wanted on the voyage of justice.

Was it the bleak smile I gave the prosecutor as I sat down in the jury box? Was it because I, as a white male (the only one to have been seated so far) might have been presumed to identify somehow with the defendent? Did I just look too liberal, maybe, like someone who'd let a breaker-and-enterer go purely on principle? We'll never know.

In other news, the quote of the day is from A. O. Scott of The New York Times, in his review of Angels & InsectsDemons:
I have not read the novel by Dan Brown on which this film… is based. I have come to believe that to do so would be a sin against my faith, not in the Church of Rome but in the English language, a noble and beleaguered institution against which Mr. Brown practices vile and unspeakable blasphemy.

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Date:May 26th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ha. It's not wrong. I'm re-reading it as my bedtime book (When the strained language and overblown metaphores stop pissing me off, it's time to turn out the light), and yeah, it is as bad as the second time I read it.

I have accepted that I'll never be on a jury. I scare both sides.
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Glad to see someone else who is one of the few - the proud (or annoyed) - frequently chosen potential jurors! I have been called 6 times now - one of those times I got to tell them no because it had not been 3 years yet. I have never been impaneled and only once made it to the jury box before being dismissed.

I would really like to know their algorithm in selecting potential jurors since so many people I know have never ever been called.

Date:May 27th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Where did you serve? My friend's wife was in Lowell today for jury duty. Not sure how that worked out yet.
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Date:May 27th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I was in Framingham today - I served in Lowell last time, but apparently it's important that I don't repeat a courthouse ever, because I always get sent to new ones.

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