Two and a half days of mind-numbing jury duty service are complete. The case I was placed on has been settled without We the Jury rendering a decision. Apparently the defendant “copped a plea” and is now likely on her way to the pokey in Perryville for an undetermined length of time.
Everyone ought to experience jury duty once. It’s quite interesting to see how the court system really works. Law & Order, CSI and other such shows, while entertaining, are not based on reality. But you (hopefully) knew that.
I’ve now had the pleasure of sitting on both a civil and a criminal jury. I’m proud to have served as I think other than voting and military service, jury duty is probably the single most important civic duty we can partake in. That being said, seeing how I’ve been on both of the major types of trials, I think I should have a lifetime exemption from serving again.
Somehow I suspect I’ll be getting another summons in two years.
I anxiously await my check for $24 plus 37.5 cents per mile for my time and travel. (Note to Arizona State Legislature; have you seen the price of gas lately?)