Bil Browning

My First Day as Juror 1

Filed By Bil Browning | November 13, 2012 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: civic duty, jury duty

I mentioned last week that I'd been called to the courthouse for jury duty. Out of a couple hundred potential jurors, I was picked to be Juror 1 for a criminal trial that starts today.

Unfortunately, the trial will last for three weeks thanks to the various holidays. Veteran's Day was observed yesterday, so I'll be serving my civic duty today, bigstock-Jury-Duty-35349473.jpgWednesday, and Thursday. Next week is Thanksgiving week so I'll only be sitting on Monday and Tuesday. The week after that simply starts on Monday and continues until the verdict is read.

I've put another post in queue to auto publish later this afternoon and Winter and Jim will both be checking in occasionally throughout the day, but we'll likely be on a reduced schedule for the next few days while I serve on the jury. I also picked up a few consulting projects for this month so I'll be working on those in the evenings as well as writing for publication the next day.

I tried to explain to the judge that a three week trial was vastly different from a day or two. As the only real employee, I pointed out that three weeks away from work could present a real financial hardship. I also threw in that my brother in Ohio is a jailer. All to no avail.

Still, I'm rather honored and pleased to be picked for jury duty. Since I was in grade school, I've idealized serving on a jury as something responsible adults did to help pay for their American citizenship. I don't like the amount of time this is going to take, but I still appreciate that fact that a man's future is partly in my hands and I'll take as long as necessary to make sure he doesn't get railroaded into slapdash justice.

I'll check in this afternoon to see how things are going.

(Jury duty graphic via Bigstock)

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