I try to do my Civil Duty for my state and country and today I did show up for Jury Duty. I have mistakenly "overlooked" summons before and I then felt guilty. Today, Saint Patrick's Day, I succumbed to being sequestered. Yep, I was there.
I learned early in my life that all I have to do is to walk into a court room and I am immediately chosen to serve on the jury. This, I assure you, is not a beneficial trait of a person. I just am a "what do you think? magnet..." yep. People stop me in the grocery store to get my opinion.
I tried everything today. I didn't make eye contact, I fell asleep during the process and I drooled like I use to on the school desk, I stuck my tongue out at the lady that was dismissed and allowed to let my cell phone ring....all to no avail.
I was chosen on the spot.
Why do I dislike this? I have spent time convicting young people just as this young man was for carrying narcotics and it was a felony that holds 5-20 years. Even if a person is guilty of something like this I find it difficult to live with myself after a conviction such as it is.
Today, I got lucky. I was the 4th person out of about 200 called to sit on the stand to judge a young person. Long story short, we wasted the day taking breaks, getting to know one another in the judges chambers and having lunch, marching back and forth from the jury stand to our "quiet room" and then they called us in for good.....or for bad. Whatever you want to consider it.
The young man decided to plead guilty. The state did not offer him any kind of plea bargain so it was just the young man looking at our eyes and knowing he was guilty to make him succumb to the law. He will be given sentence in mid May.
Will I sleep better tonight? Probably not. With the exception that I don't have to get up quite as early.
God Bless him and all the young people that take the wrong path. The end.
These two thoughts have nothing to do with each other...lol.
Let's all say a prayer for Billie Tutas this evening. Prayer helps everything!
Later in the rain~Deb
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