The verdict is in: we the jury are free to go

image So as it turns out, the closest I got to witnessing any courtroom drama today was while sitting in the jury assembly room watching the Zimmerman trial on Court TV. Apparently, the defendant in the case WE were scheduled to hear this morning never showed. As a result, at approximately 11 a.m., “Municipal Betty,” who registered me when I arrived, stood before us and thanked us for our service before sending us on our way.

“None of you will have to worry about seeing this building again for two years,” she said. But as I walked by, she whispered, “Except for you, depending on what you do with that stolen car.”

“That really depends on you, ” I said, “and whether you want it back.”

Next stop: Circuit court!

For all of you who kept me company in the jury assembly room via my blog, many thanks πŸ˜‰ Especially you, Lisa and Jen

And to Is Everyone an Idiot But Me, it was nice to meet you.

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

24 thoughts on “The verdict is in: we the jury are free to go”

  1. No surprise. As a journalist, you are part of the MEDIA, that liberal, neocon, fascist, communist organization that is destroying our country! Who would want YOU on a jury? Besides, people are always being TRIED IN THE MEDIA! anyway. If you were on jury duty, that would be double jeopardy, clearly violating the 13th amendment! Or the 4th. Or something.

    1. After reading that, and giving it some thoughtful consideration as a journalist devoted to upholding our Constitution, I have to ask:

      Does Double Jeopardy apply to Alex Trebeck?

            1. I hear you, Mikels. But I think a conspiracy requires at leat three people. So unless Alex is actually a triplet, we’ll just have to settle for being outraged that Alex gets paid as much as he does for asking other people’s questions.

  2. I was expecting to see you in your next post in a nancy grace style handcuff necklace or some such getup, as you and your fellow jurors took on lady justice ) well I suppose you could get the jewelry but I don’t know how well it would go over in the newsroom or the firehouse.

    1. That’s how it is at our municipal court, which I served on last May. Only got picked as a juror for one trial, but ended up as the Forman and it went on until 11 p.m. It was just like 12 Angry Men, except without the anger and as many men.

No one is watching, I swear...

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