Now there’s a sentence you don’t hear every day!
Here’s the deal: I’ve been on jury stand-by since Monday. This means I sit in the jury lounge all day and suck down free coffee while watching the USA channel on monitors bolted to the ceiling. Today I actually got to go into a selection pool, but after 6 hours and about 200 questions from the judge & council that all essentially asked us the same thing (could I be a fair & impartial juror?), I was not selected.
Why wasn’t I selected? The world may never know. I was probably the sharpest dressed person there, and that isn’t saying much. Unshaven people wearing raggedy jeans & Reebok t-shirts & who appeared to have lost their hairbrushes got selected, while I (in my snazzy khakis & button down crisp white shirt with conservative tie fixed securely in place with silver tie tack) was not.
What motivates the council in their selection? What can I do to make myself look like jury material? I was not the same race as the defendant, could that have had some bearing? Now that I think about it, out of about 50 people in the pool, I was one of three white males and none of us were selected.
The only question I personally was asked (by council) was what books have I read recently. I answered (1) The Betrayal of America by Vincent Bugliosi and (2) The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, (oddly I happened to have both with me in my shoulder bag). Did that do me in? Should I have said The Little Engine That Could and Garfield Gets a Bath?
I’ve got eight more days of on-call duty; what will make me jury material??