Tory’s Ramblings (1/27/15) – #juryduty #amwriting

Hey there guys! Fun times, right? Sorry about missing Friday, but I’ve been brooding on oh-so-many issues lately.

On Children

My girls are finally healthy again, for the most part. Blondie has a nasty cough that just won’t go away, but at least she’s running around again. Pixie, well, Pixie’s Pixie and my beloved little demon. Shrimp – he’s a piece of work. He melts down if I, oh so very politely, point out his spelling is wrong. Swears it’s how the teacher put the words up on the board. I’m sorry, but he’s full of it and must think I’m an idiot. An English teacher is NOT going to spell “difference” as “difrence”. Or “beginning” as “begining”.

On Writing

Not much to report. I’m still stumbling around the beginning of Sealed, though I’ve got a few pages started. I think I’m finding my way in. Release date on Locked is looming closer and closer. Nervous about that, but hey, it’s all good. However, if you go over to my “Locked in Stone” page, you might just find a pretty picture. Not saying do it or anything but hehehe. I’ll be promo-ing my little heart out here in a few weeks, but not yet. It’s exciting, even though it’s nerve wracking. 🙂

Jury Duty

As you may have guessed from the hashtag on my title, I got summoned for jury duty this week. On top of further annoying my boss with my missing work (oh, darn, civil responsibility and all…), I got to sit around in a room with a bunch of strangers for most of yesterday. However, unlike my prior experience long ago in Lee County, Florida, not only was the guy who did the “welcome to jury duty” speech funny to listen to thus making the experience not so bad, but I got picked! Woohoo! I get to attend a trial later this week. Only trial I’ve ever seen outside of television and movies was a theft trial my boss at the time was defending. Not really exciting stuff. So, yay me, I’ll get to actually be involved in our justice system! America is sooooo cool.

Funny part is, I expected to get kicked. It’s a pretty common assumption that lawyers never want legal professionals (lawyers, legal assistants, legal secretaries) involved in the jury. Yet, somehow, not only was I (a paralegal/legal assistant) picked, but so was a lawyer! He was stunned by the choice. Granted, he’s a real estate attorney, so not involved with the courts much, and I’m a corporate legal person, so again…not involved with trial stuff, so I guess it makes sense. Bet if I were still in personal injury, I wouldn’t have gotten picked.

The whole selection process was fascinating – there were 49 of us brought in and we were going to populate two juries. So, 14 people out of 49 – not great odds anyway. There were a lot of questions about whether or not we could be fair and make our decision based only on the law, not on our pre-conceived biases. Quite a few people weren’t sure that they could, or were biased against the justice system in some way and of course they weren’t selected. My thought to them is – if you aren’t willing to set aside those biases and be fair, how do you expect to get better representation on juries? Yes, there was a very specific subset of Americans involved in this process that weren’t selected because almost every single one of them had issues with the justice system. Yet this subset of Americans are among the loudest in protesting the unfairness of juries who do not include that subset who may sit in judgment of a member of said subset. I’m pretty sure you can guess which one I’m talking about. I’m not prejudiced or biased, but c’mon. You have to believe the system will work to give it a CHANCE to work. If you just throw up your hands and think the deck is going to be stacked against you, you’re going to jump on ANYTHING that comes across as biased, whether it is or not in reality.

Sigh. Frustrating.

Here’s a picture I took while waiting during the first part of the morning, just ’cause.

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Conclusion

That’s pretty much it for now. My post on/around Friday will tell you all about my exciting jury duty! Okay, not ALL of it, I’m sure, but at least it’ll be full of my thoughts on the whole experience. Have a great week!

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