Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Civic Duty?

I’m on call for jury duty this week. I’ve been anxious about it ever since I got that little note in the mail about 2 months ago. I fully understand and respect that it’s my civic duty and will go in honorably if I have to, but I do not want to be in the position to have to judge anyone. No matter how clear the evidence is, there’s still the possibility of being wrong. What if essential evidence is left out because it was insubmitable for some reason? What if the lawyers are unscrupulous and deceptive? I don’t want to be in the position where I have to make such a life altering decision. It could be said that the person under trial is the one who ultimately made the decision of her/his fate. But what if, just what if, even with all the evidence pointing guilty, she/he is actually innocent?

Maybe I’ve been watching too much law television. Recently, we’ve been watching In Justice. They start the episode out with a scene that says “This is what the jury believed”. And in every episode, the jury was wrong. Even though they were presented with evidence that proved guilt, there were other extraneous circumstances that were left out. And I’ve watched Law and Order for, oh, a dozen years now. There’s so much evidence that the prosecuting lawyer can’t submit. And what about the dirty tricks that both lawyers and detectives use. Ei yi yi.

Ok, almost 5pm. Have to see if I have to appear tomorrow.
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photo of the Supreme Court, Washington DC.

1 comment:

Ginnie said...

I know exactly what you mean!!! I WAS on a jury (just last year) and even ended up being the forewoman. But the whole thing ended up being so "empty" for all of us because we DIDN'T have enough evidence to go either way. Furthermore, the language was confusing, even after we went to the judge to explain it to us. It was like the system was not helping us at all. UGH. It pains me to even remember it.