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Jury Duty Today.

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.jury_dwts.jpg dancing with the stars image by prinses201_bucket

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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Comment balloon 21 commentsDeb Brooks • March 17 2009 10:43PM

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Yup... good wishes help plenty. I guess it's another case of...things happen for a reason :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Deb, they PICK you because they KNOW you are honest. It is your honest face. You sure are fooling them LOL. But I have been there where a guilty plea is entered too before a trial starts. I just wish the jury process wasn't so slow and antiquated.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Deb, I've been to the jury duty cattle call a few times but have never been chosen to serve.  Maybe if you stop drooling and tried looking angry, or maybe start muttering un-intelligible things to yourself they won't choose you in the future!  Just a thought...

Brian.

I like your new picture

Posted by Brian & Marie Spray, Frisco TX Realtors (www.DFWAreaRealtors.com - Action Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

DEB, I've only been called the once but as I told you I got on the jury.  My husband got called at a similar time so I re-scheduled us on the same day so I did not have to drive in to Houston.  He had to drive back in to Houston at 8:00 that night to pick me up.  I'm thinking he is not going to do jury duty with me again as he was released at 10:00 that morning.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

funny i've been called for jury duty april 6th........hmmm...........

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 10 years ago

Sally, I must have needed a day off from thinking of local things. It does happen for a reason. Have you had that closing yet or is that this coming Friday?

Gary, I just love fooling everyone! LOL. I simply look gullible my friend!

Brian, you've never been chosen? With that trustworthy face? Try the drool. It works every time! LOL.

Marchy, I will try and talk to Danny in the next few days. He may not have had it in writing!

Liz darling, you're there. They're going to pick you. I think it's because you have to put down Real Estate for your profession so they automatically think you have nothing to do! Ha!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Go get 'em, Deb!  Can't think of a better person to have on my jury!   LOL

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) almost 10 years ago

You must be special.... I never got picked!  Was called twice but tossed away my first chance being overly opinionated because I didn't have the time to spend sitting in a courtroom.  The second calling was for a Murder Trial and the market was slow so but for some reason I was excused.  Read a few week before the trial started that the suspect switched his plea to guilty.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Deb. The last time I was summoned I was not one of the chosen ones..just lucky I guess!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb, I, too, was summoned for jury duty a few weeks ago, and I actually hoped to be chosen, but was not. My case sounded interesting and I would have loved to hear the outcome.

Posted by Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island (Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Deb, Thank you for doing your civic duty and taking it seriously! This is trying times and young people who are not taught to respect others do things they regret and have to pay for their actions.

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb,
I've never been called for jury duty so I've not had the pleasure of which you speak.  :-)

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb...You keep getting called because they think you are several different person just like I do.

So what if I've been gone for a few years (months? weeks? days?).  I never know what (I quess that should be who) I'm going to see when I click on Deb Brooks.

We are fortunate to not have made a foolish mistake like that when we were young or not to have gotten caught.  Their lives change dramatically in ways they could never imagine.  It is very scary.

Take care and I do like this photo although I like all the others too.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Again...May I borrow some of your discarded photos?  I haven't changed mine since I joined.  I need a new photo.  I finally gave up and order business cards without my smiling Irish eyes (and the rest of my face).

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Deb,

I got picked once to be on a jury for a trial where the ex-girlfriend just knew she was sooo entitiled to her ex-boyfriends money that she forged one of his checks for 10,000.  Nice...took a week of time and she was found guilty.  Later I ran into the defense attorney and I asked him...hey why did you pick me?  He said, he could tell I was the responsible type of would fairly listen....crud...he had nailed me....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 9 years ago

Deb, I have been called many times, chosen once. Made some new friends. It was a ridicules case of someone suing another. We were unanimous in denying the money. All in all not a bad experience. I would have rather been fishing.

Posted by Craig & Sue Guffin, Sedalia Mo Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Monsees Realty) over 9 years ago

I have done my for this time period.  I know it is necessary but always happens with I am the busiest

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) over 9 years ago

I was selected to be on a jury earlier this year. The person was clearly guilty but it ended in a mistrial because of the the key witnesses (a police officer) witheld information!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Jury duty sucks

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Go to http://www.freerice.com and see what you can do to feed the hungry of the world.

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) over 9 years ago

Good for you for doing your duty.  It sounds like it's not much fun, and just a waste of time for a lot of people.  I have managed to avoid it by being a non-citizen.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 9 years ago

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