The Pending Verdict
July 29, 2007
Â Â Â Â Recently, I have been summoned to jury duty. The letter that was sent to me didn’t have the information about the crime so I don’t know if it was theft, murder, gang-related, has something to do with anything with war-like qualities(guns, knives, etc.), or if it’s manslaughter. I know it’s a felony because I don’t think juries are needed for misdemeanors. Just the judge presides over the misdemeanors. Overall, even though I think this experience won’t be bad, I think it’ll still be a pain in the ass and nothing short of it. I know there will be other people summoned, not just 12 there will be other candidates. Even though I was summoned doesn’t mean I will be in the jury. Still, I have to sit in a full courthouse and go there before 8:30 A.M. I know this doesn’t compare to anything that the judges do or the police who apprehended the suspect. Overall,Â I don’t know if I could handle the responsibility to determine ifÂ a person loses their freedom.Â I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
Â Â Â Â Â Today I will be driving to the courthouse so that way I know the way there and that way I won’t be late or get lost. I have never been to a courthouse before, and I am wondering what the atmosphere is like. I also am curious what they look for in a juror. If I meet those standards then great, if I don’t then, well at least I can enjoy the rest of my summer off. Don’t get me wrong, I know this is a huge responsibility and do believe it is a good thing to have this system. Just saying, it would be a load off my plate. Especially now, sinceÂ I couldn’t find a permanent job for the summer so I am stuck with working for realtors by standing on the side of the road waving cardboard advertisements.