Yeah, Empire Strikes Back is “Episode” 5. But, really 1-3 are not three complete movies. Amiright?
Ok, back to the subject at hand.
Easy Jury Duty in
On the second day of jury selection, I’m already pretty screwed. I’m number 15 of a 12 person jury pool. The guy behind me tells the judge that the whore is a prostitute because she was arrested by police and should go to jail. Or be stoned to death. (Again, me and the paraphrasing). The judge tells him that no evidence has been presented.
Doesn’t matter to Juror number 6. Guilty.
He is excused.
Juror number 8 asks why can’t computers determine a persons guilt. The prosecutor tells him that the defendant has a Constitutional right to a jury trial.
Juror 8: Yes, but computers are much more capable of determining facts than flawed people. Why aren’t we using computers?
He was excused. Then texts someone on his Samsung Note 7 before the fire department was called. (I kid.)
Juror 9 was a police academy graduate but, sadly had a brain tumor which cut short his career. He has many, many friends in law enforcement. The prosecutor likes him, the defense attorney, not so much. They pepper him with questions about bias, and his friends, and what he knows about law enforcement.
Surprisingly, he stays.
Juror 13, a spry 75-year-old woman who whispered to me earlier that she always believes the police before I shushed her.
She is excused.
Juror 15 (Hey! That’s me!) admits that he has family members who have been involved in law enforcement in Los Angeles. And, that over Thanksgiving dinner a tale or two was told. You know, about the gang-bangers and the drug deals and the guns. And, maybe some rules that were bent. While I never implicated anyone over any wrong-doing, the prosecutor looked at me and told the judge:
Prosector: The people object to Juror 15.
Judge: Juror 15, you are hearby excused by the court. We appreciate your service. Have your parking ticket validated at the window.
You know how in elementary school when they pick teams for dodgeball and you’re the least capable player. For the first time, I am not the least bit offended.
Now. About this parking ticket.
I talk with the parking attendant guy. He has no power to offer a refund of my $9.00. He calls the Boss. They offer me two all-day parking passes at this random garage in Glendale. Valid through January 3rd.
And, after my 2 days in court, I get a check for $17.62. $15 for jury duty (second day only, by the way) and $2.62 for mileage.
Glendale is cheap. We received cash for showing up plus 40 per day for serving on the jury. Which I did this last January. We spent more time in the juror’s room than in the court room. Met a lady that was in physical therapy who gave me the name of an orthopedic surgeon that did my knee replacement 2 weeks later. No parking charges so I felt like I won the lottery.
Hang on, you got $40 per day? I got 15 bucks — and the first day is free! Oh, plus mileage, la-dee-da. I met no one who I would let operate on me. Except the Computer guy; He seemed to grasp issues.