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18 January 2008 @ 04:30 pm
Jury Duty  
So, most of this week (all but today, Friday), I was on a jury for a criminal trial.

It wasn't exactly what I'd call fun. Unfun, really. Stressful, even. Draining. Haven't really slept very well since it began (there were some disturbing elements to it, and after the fact, you kind of second-guess yourself. Even if intellectually you're certain -- beyond a reasonable doubt -- you made the right decision, there's always that niggling not-actually-reasonable doubt that's left. But the more I've thought about it, the more I'm satisfied that we made the right determination, and that's... Somewhat comforting).

I have no desire to ever sit on a jury again, but if called up again, I would of course willingly do my duty. Of course, it was a bit inconvenient, too, but it could have been worse, since classes start next week.

It was certainly an interesting experience. I learned things, some of which I didn't really want to know, like how much damage a single bullet can really do (answer: an astounding amount of damage). And apparently there were some unusual things about this particular trial (the defendant taking the stand, the prosecutor waiting until the last moment to really drop the hammer with the evidence -- almost like an actual TV trial in that -- and pretty much only that -- respect. Also, the judge had the court stand for the jury instead of himself, which I was surprised by. I don't know if that's common elsewhere, but it was the first I'd ever heard of it).

I'm fairly impressed with the Colorado justice system overall. Well, impressed isn't really the right word -- satisfied is better. It seems efficient and fair from what I've seen of it, and that's what I want it to be and what I think I should be able to reasonably expect it to be. Not perfect, of course, but as close as can be reasonably expected -- perfection is an impossible standard for any human institution.

[As an almost complete aside, and IMNSHO, Colorado is a much better run state than the others I've lived in. Part of that is because probably because Colorado has the money, and also doesn't have all of the problems that the other states have had to deal with, but, well, the fact remains I'd take it over the others.]
In the mood: draineddrained
dragonet2dragonet2 on January 19th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I have somewhat of an interest
in watching the real crime shows and real medical shows on TV.

As well as worked as an ER orderly.

Bullets do a lot of bad shit. They can also do lots of really weird shit (like someone who was shot fairly point blank but it hit at such an angle that it traveled around under the skin (went in back of head and ended up in forehead) without hitting anything important and only causing an owie. And a mild concussion.

I would hate to sit on such a jury, the only one I actually sat for was a civil trial. Stupid stupid people who had been talked into suing a freezer manufacturer for a faulty freezer burning down their cheap-ass house (those little houses over off of 23rd and Poplar, Forest, etc.). Said their house had thousands of dollars of antiques that they weren't compensated for. Judge threw them out of court when they wouldn't let the fire department report to be entered into evidence. Upshot was: the fire started in the center of the house, in the fuse box. The freezer was on a back porch that had been finished into a baby room and storage room. It made me feel a lot better about refrigerators and freezers, all freezers since the early 50s (maybe earlier) have a fusible link in the compressor. If the power overloads, it melts and the compressor/unit is done for good.
Douglas Triggs: paintbrushdoubt72 on January 19th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: I have somewhat of an interest
Heh, yeah.

I'm not so interested in such programs, but I'm certainly a lot less interested in the fictional versions.