Monday, June 8, 2009

Jury Duty

Today I was called for Jury Duty for a DUI case. I showed up promptly at 9 am and took a seat with the rest of the Jury Pool. In walked the Judge, defense attorney and Assistant DA. As each entered, they did a double take when they saw me sitting in the courtroom. The Jury selection began and , yes, I was picked as Juror #6. Then the voir dire (or questioning of jurors) began. We, as a jury, were asked if we could be impartial. Can I be impartial, yes, I do believe that I can be. What was today's guessed it - I was the first Juror excused by the defense. What, they didn't want a Probation/Parole officer on the Jury?!!?! I personally think, the defense attorney made a mistake. I certainly have a better understanding of the arrest procedures and what "beyond a reasonable doubt" means than the average citizen. Over the past years I have worked with a lot of guilty people, however, I have also worked with some where I was not so sure they were. I think it's sad, that because of what I do, I am automatically thought to be pro-prosecution. Don't get me wrong, I do think people should pay for the crimes they commit, but I also believe that just because you were arrested does not mean you are guilty. Oh well, at least I have the rest of the day off! I know several of you are attorneys...would you let a Probation/Parole officer stay on your jury?


Dawn said...

Enjoy your day!

Sherilyn said...

Absolutely! I'm the daughter of a retired lawyer/judge, and I've always been excused from Jury duty for the same reason...they were afraid I couldn't be unbiased/impartial about the case. Oh's their loss, right? :)

Enjoy your day off!

Anonymous said...

Shoot I work in auto claims for State Farm and I get booted everytime too. I alway feel like it is my duty to serve because if I'm ever accused of something I don't want a jury full of people who weren't smart enough to talk their way out of jury duty on the panel.

penni said...

I have left attorneys, probation officers, doctors, and criminal justice professors on my juries. I like smart jurors. I do not leave police officers on juries! I usually get rid of engineers because I find they are frequently rigid thinkers. On the other hand, we'd probably do just as well using the venire's astrological signs.

I might worry about keeping a P.O. if I had witnesses who had been on probation or parole -- just because of a prior relationship that isn't realized during voir dire.

Probably more than you ever wanted to know.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello lybertygirl its dennis the vizsla dog hay i want yoo on my jury if i ever go to trial on the varyus things for wich i hav ben falsly arrested!!! ok bye