The Pending Verdict

July 29, 2007

     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, I don’t know if I could handle the responsibility to determine if a person loses their freedom. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

      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, since 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.


17 Responses to “The Pending Verdict”

  1. SealPatriot on July 29th, 2007 11:00 pm

    I saw the courthouse today, not too shabby. I wonder if some of my class mates or high school friends will be summoned too.

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  3. Terri on July 30th, 2007 4:15 am

    I’ve always looked at Jury Duty as an honor. It’s yet another way that we as citizens can serve our Country. I’ve been called several times. People who commit can have a jury as well… just as in a felony they have the option to ask for sentencing before just a judge, or a jery of their peers. Just go in with an opern mind, if you’re chosen and listen to both sides present their case, before making up your mind. You’ll do fine Ryan.

  4. Terri on July 30th, 2007 4:42 pm

    Ryan, how did Jury duty go?

  5. SealPatriot on July 30th, 2007 4:44 pm

    I go to the court house on August 2nd. So I think that’s this wednesday. July only has 30 days right?

  6. Terri on July 30th, 2007 4:48 pm

    Nope July has 31.

  7. SealPatriot on July 30th, 2007 5:13 pm

    Okay, so I guess it is this Thursady then.

  8. SealPatriot on August 2nd, 2007 12:11 pm

    -I just found out my group got cancelled. So I guess I am not going to be the final 12 to decide if I strip somebody who is in debt to society of their freedom. This kind of makes me glad, sort of, it’s not what I expected though.

  9. Terri on August 2nd, 2007 1:30 pm

    Yeah but think of it this way Ryan. If someone commits a crime then they should be punished to the full extent of the law. If that means that they have to serve time in jail, then so be it. Unfortunately too many times, the criminals get light sentences and his or her victim suffers. I always look at it from the aspect of this: Did the perpetrator care about his or her victim’s rights?

  10. VTSharon on August 2nd, 2007 3:04 pm

    Speaking of crimes and criminals:

    My favorite news story this past month is “Alberto: the lying liars’ liar!” Watching this little neocon capo squirm and lie to protect the lying traitor George Bush and his incompetent administration just makes me giddy. I just love it when Arlen Specter calls Alberto the lying liar for which he is. And what is even better, is watching the orrin make a complete ass of himself while he tries to explain the lies and quarter-truths that Alberto spins with predictable regularity. And then we even get to watch Tony “the lying liars’ mouthpiece” Snow trip and fall all over his faux press conference backside trying to explain away testimonial contradictions that most second graders would recognize as two-bit lies that just don’t add up.

    I simply cannot wait for Alberto to appear yet again before the Senate and continue the process of making the case that the BushCo administration is based on nothing more than corruption, profiteering, murder and, of course, lies, lies and more lies!

    Whew, I feel better now! Time for a cocktail.

  11. Terri on August 2nd, 2007 3:19 pm

    Sharon, once again you do nothing more than attempt to Bastardize a post that has NOTHING to do with politics. Want a suggestion???? Go drown yourself in your bottle, and try your games somewhere else.

  12. VTSharon on August 2nd, 2007 3:33 pm

    Just checkin’ to make sure you were ok, Terri. Been kinda quiet around here lately. But the comment really did make me feel better.

  13. Terri on August 2nd, 2007 3:45 pm

    I’m doing quite well. Just taking care of business, yesterday and wasn’t in the office or near a computer from late Monday evening, until yesterday evening.

  14. Ellen in Austin on August 2nd, 2007 4:26 pm


    Though I have been checking in on the post regularly I have not been commenting because I have felt the the quality of the conversation had veered so far from the original subject “A SOLDIERS MIND” that I no longer cared to comment. But after the posting he, oops, she, made today it occurred to me that has is exactly the agenda of this VTSharon person. What exactly did these hate mongering, self-serving comments have to due with what is in a SOLDIERS MIND-or heart. I am sure that this is not what Antony had in mind when the started the blog in an effort to share with others the thoughts and feeling of those who choose to serve and protect our country.
    This VTS person has no idea what is in the mind or heart of our protectors or the mind of those of us that hold them in their hearts. VTS only cares to hear himself, oops again, spout off and make himself feel better… After all it is all about her, right. If anyone out there has something genuine to share about our brave men and women or would like to share their thoughts and experiences as a veteran or the family of one of these hero’s I would love to hear from them. But I will not waste my time reading the blowveations of this self consumed person VTSharon. I will close now and go sit by my son and enjoy his company as he will leave in about 72 hrs and I will not see him again until he returns from Iraq. I will talk to him and ask what is on his mind and that will make me feel better.

  15. Terri on August 2nd, 2007 5:07 pm

    Ellen, SO VERY WELL SAID! Thank You! Enjoy your time with you son and let him know that we’ll be keeping him in our hearts and in our prayers.

    Ellen please share our love and support with your son. Please tell him THANKS from those of us here who appreciate his service to our Country.

  16. Ellen in Austin on August 2nd, 2007 6:15 pm


    Thank you for your support.

    I will pass your good thoughts to him and please pass on our appreciation to your guys.

    God Bless and Keep our Commander in Chief and God Bless America

  17. Terri on August 2nd, 2007 7:42 pm

    You’re so welcome Ellen. Our guys deserve nothing less than full support from everyone here at home.

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