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8 or 9 years ago, I had to sit on a jury in a civil case. A woman was suing worker's comp to get her hip replacement covered.
We debated long enough that the judge actually scolded us.
I felt bad because we made the woman cry when she heard we didn't think her injury was work-related.
I have served on a jury. This summer actually. The case was a civil case. This woman was suing her ex-husband of five months. Apparently she fell down the stairs and hurt her back to the point where she claimed she couldn't work or enjoy life with her children. She blamed her short time husband for not putting up a railing in their house. She said it was his responsibility.
.....The jury was in the favor of the defendant (her ex-husband).
She seemed to leave out that her back didn't hurt so much to get pregnant and deliver a child.
I have served on a jury. It was a police corruption case, and the verdict was guilty on several of the counts. It took a week, and the jury was frustrated because we felt he was guilty of several things that he wasn't being accused of, including sexual harassment.
I served on a jury in 1997. It was fascinating. A 72 year old man killed his 16 year old male cousin by shooting him point blank with a sawed off shotgun and wounded his 15 year old female cousin by shooting and blinding her in one eye. He said they were about to beat him up with bed slats but there were no beds in the house. Everyone slept on mattresses on the floor. He was found guilty of manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and various weapons charges for possessing and using a sawed off shotgun. (It's illegal to saw off the barrel of your shotgun because it makes it easier to conceal, and makes the shot go in a larger pattern so accuracy is not important. This is useful if you want to knock over a liquor store.)
I've been summoned for jury duty three times. The first and third times, the case was settled after the initial panel was called from the jury assembly room, but before selection began. The second time, I found out the evening before that I didn't have to attend.
"Have you ever served on a jury? If yes, then what was the case and what was the verdict?"
Yes! I served on a jury when I was 20 years old (now 31) and haven't had to since. The case was about a guy that was fired from his teaching position, and later arrested for trespassing when he returned to the school after hours to supposedly get some of his things. The problem was, he wasn't authorized to come back until the following morning, where he could then be escorted to the classroom. He actually broke into the class through the window (it was a trailer room).
After being caught by the silent alarm he tripped, he was held by campus security until the police arrived. Upon arrest, he struggled and kicked at the cop car door, causing some damage to the interior. The police pulled him out and hog-tied him to restrain him from causing further damage or injury.
The case was supposed to be open and shut. Two days was all that it was going to be. Unfortunately, 4 people on the jury couldn't make up their minds because they must have fell asleep in the jury box during half the trial. The case went on for 5 days, 2 of which were deliberating in the jury room, while the court stenographer read back a ton of the statements. I personally think these 4 people just didn't want the trial to end for whatever reason. However, there was a point where one line was read and you could feel the tension in the room dissipate and return in a few seconds time. It was the weirdest thing ever to actually FEEL emotion exuding like that.
It was at that point that those 4 people could no longer claim reasonable doubt. The vote was recast, all 12 said, "Guilty." We finally got out of there an hour or so later.
Highlights: The DA was hawt...and he talked to me after the case was over. Nothing came of it from there, but it was a sweet moment. :) Also, the Chinese food on day 3 was fan-f'in-tastic!
Today was a great day! My son got off to school without a hitch, I got some major cleaning done in the kitchen, i.e., scrubbing the floors because the mop doesn't actually scrub more than it just wipes, cleaned out the cabinets, did some laundry...
I had a few little heart shaped grilled cheese sammiches waiting when my son returned home. He ate while we chatted about his day of seeing old friends and teachers, and meeting his new one. He had a good day. :) And since there's no homework yet we decided to spend the rest of the heat-stroked day in the pool. Then we came in and played some games together online, had dinner, showers and now he's all tuckered in for the night. I'm about to do the same right now. G'night LJ!
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No, I haven't. I've been called to jury duty 3 times now. The first time it was for an accused kiddy diddler. I was the last person to get dismissed on the first day because my mom used to work for the defense attorney's old law partner.
The second time my part of the jury pool went over to civil court. It was a car accident case, and I got to sit in the jury box for a grand total of 5 minutes (until the first round of dismissals) before I got sent home.
The most recent time, it was a bank robber case. This judge was my favorite. After reading my jury questionnaire, he said "So, you bleed blue, huh?" I sat in the jury box for a whole 15 minutes this time- through 2 rounds of dismissals before the defense sent me home.
I do feel like in order to get on a jury I'd probably half to lie on questionnaire, but I keep going.
Yep. I mentioned it last May
, but didn't talk much about it. This was a guy who was accused of stealing a pickup truck belonging to a college professor, who, unfortunately for him, seemed to be a little absent-minded. The truck hadn't been broken into; it seemed the prof may have left the key inside it. The cops caught the defendant a few miles away in a Home Depot parking lot.
What was most interesting about the process was how different it is from the "Law & Order"-type shows. They kept stressing that it was the job of the District Attorney to establish the case and the job of the defense to call into doubt the state's case, not to present any alternative theories.
In the end, we the jury didn't buy it and found him guilty. It wouldn't seem to make any sense that they guy they arrested wasn't actually the one who had stolen the car. It also may have had something to do with the fact that it was 4 or 5 in the afternoon and we just wanted to get out of there. We didn't have to sentence him; the judge dismissed us before then. I checked one of the Baltimore City Justice Department pages a few weeks later to see what happened. I think he got 15 years or something.
I was in court all day for a case of robbery under $300 that came to a plea.
It wasn't the coolest thing i have ever done but it was an experience none the less.