The Verdict

I have been part of a 12 person jury over the last three days in a criminal case. We deliberated all day yesterday and had to take the night off then get back to it today. However, the trial ended today. We left the court yesterday all tired and burnt-out on the whole thing. None of us wanted to make a rash or quick decision just to get it over with. The judge allowed it. We came back in to the court this morning then the Judge sent us to the jury room. We deliberated for about 30 minutes and had a unanimous decision on all three counts to convict. Was it easy? No! Was I completely at peace with being part of a jury that sent a man back to jail? No! Continue reading