juror notes

The trial took a turn yesterday. It sounded fairly straightforward, then one witness’ testimony, and the judge calls the two lawyers into the chambers, we’re suddenly excused an hour early and asked to return the next day (today). It’s kind of exciting. When I started I thought it would be interesting to apply my analytical head to a legal situation, but once I was there I really took in the weight of the responsiblity we have as a group for another person’s fate. This is case is not a life-or-death thing, but it’s still significant for anyone to be called “guilty” or “not guilty” on a felony. It affects how future employers see you, how you see yourself.

I’m very glad to be doing this.

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