Jury Duty

Several weeks ago I received a summons to appear at the courthouse in the county I live in for possible jury duty. I reported this morning. There were between 40 and 50 potential jurors in our pool. We were questioned during the jury selection process, which took about three hours. Then I found that I had been selected as one of the twelve jurors to decide a criminal case. We had recess then we entered the courtroom to hear the opening arguments. By then it was nearly noon so we recessed until 1pm. When we came back into the courtroom after lunch, we heard the evidence from both sides. Both sides rested their cases around 4pm. The judge then called a recess for the day and ordered us back at 9am tomorrow for closing arguments, legal instructions from him then deliberation. Continue reading