September 16, 2008

The Shortest Trial In History

It was so short that we the jury never even made it into the courtroom.  Plea bargain... we sat around in the jury room for a couple of hours twiddling our thumbs.  It appears, however, that the defendant had a poor attitude towards the legal system, as he apparently caused a little ruckus in the courtroom.  Exciting, yay.  Of course, we weren't there, but that's what the judge told us when he came in to tell us that we were free.

So, my jury duty has been discharged for at least a year, and so ends my fourth experience in the jurist pool... in 10 years.  I'm just lucky, I guess.

Really, I'm not complaining.  This country doesn't ask us for much in return for being citizens... taxes and the occasional stint on a jury.  I'm okay with that.  It's not like mandatory military service or the like.

Though the setup in Heinlein's Starship Troopers seems pretty logical to me*...

*now let us see how long it takes for the calls of "fascism" to show up.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:35 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Duck justice is harsh and certain...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 16, 2008 09:54 PM (+rSRq)

2 That's it, we scared the defendant.  Right, that's the ticket.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 16, 2008 10:58 PM (AW3EJ)

3 Apparently a good number of trials end that way, many a defendant holds out until the very last moment before deciding that no, facing a jury isnt the right answer.

My funniest jury duty story is the time I get the summons, report to the criminal courts building in the morning, sit around till lunch when I walk up to the 18th floor to talk to my Dad (a D.A), then we go down to court room 109 to grab a judge that is a close family friend and go to lunch.  After lunch I get selected for a jury, and we all tramp off to court 109.  Needless to say, when the judge and the prosecuting attorney both know me by name, and I'd been out to lunch with the judge just minutes before, I did not get on that panel....

Posted by: David at September 17, 2008 12:30 PM (khRGN)

4 I've only been summoned for jury duty once. We all sat around because there was a cocaine-possession trial scheduled, and early afternoon the bailiff walked in and told us all to go home because the accused had agreed to a plea bargain. As you say, that's apparently quite common.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 17, 2008 07:31 PM (+rSRq)

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