Sunday, October 14, 2012
I Hope I Am On A Jury Tomorrow
We are meeting at the courthouse at 8:15 am. My first time! I asked my attorney husband what is the best way for me to optimize my chances of get selected to sit on a jury? He explained there are 8 courtrooms and each will need 14 jours (2 alternative have to listen to all the testimony in case something happens to one of the 12 jurors). There will probably be 300 potential jurors to start the process called jury selection, which will ultimately end up with 120 jurors selected to serve. He said what most lawyers do NOT want on a jury is a person who can monopolize deliberations. The system is designed for 12 individuals to form their own opinions based on all the evidence, then come together for a consensus. A leader with a big mouth might be able to sway someone's opinion. He told me to answer all the questions honestly and completely but otherwise not talk too much. I hope to be able to see with my own eyes how different people, hearing the same facts come up with either the same or different conclusions. I do not have any expectations of how this will go. Have you ever been on a jury?
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 8:03 PM