A few months ago I received a notice for jury duty at one of the two superior courthouses in my county. I showed up promptly last Monday, June 19th at 8:00 am along with about 200 others. Listened to a judge, watched a video then the waiting game began. A bit after 9 I was one of 50 selected to go into a jury pool for a case. We were all herded into a courtroom and through a process of elimination, 14 of us were chosen. We received some information about the case and were told to be back on Tuesday for the start of the trial. We spent 3 days that week listening to testimony concerning the case then had Friday off. We all returned this past Monday and the case continued until this morning. Both attorneys gave final statements, the judge read the jury instructions then he had to select the two alternates that would be dismissed. Jurors number 3 and 11 were chosen. I was juror #3. The two of us were led out of the court to the jury room to collect our stuff then escorted out of the courtroom.
Thats it. I gave up 7 days (well not really, my employer is paying me while I’m gone) to do my duty then poof, I’m done. There is a very slim chance I could be called back if one on the other jurors can finish before a verdict is reached. The bailiff did take my phone number and I will be called and told of the verdict when it is given. I also kept a notebook and wrote down the days proceedings, I still haven’t decided what I am going to do with this. It would make for a long and boring post here. Per the judges orders, I still can’t talk about the case till a verdict is reached, it is driving my wife crazy because I can’t talk about what happened.
Based on the testimony and without the deliberations, I would have found the defendant guilty on all 3 counts in which he was charged.