My summons was for Civil Court not Criminal Court, so I was going to witness the process of people suing people. Lucky me, I got to be in the jury pool for two different cases. In the first the plaintiff was suing the Williams Grove Speedway - it's expected to last for at least 7 days. I did not get selected, not that I considered this to be a possibility. You see, I wasn't what they were looking for: I don't race motorcycles, or jet skis, or bungi jump, play paint ball or laser tag, or use a zip-line. I am not a thrill seeker, at least not one who fit their criteria. As a result my name was not called and I was excused from that trial. As I left the court room, I looked back and saw that most of the jurors selected were male, and had admitted to participating in the "sports" I tend to avoid. Both the plaintiff's and the defendant's attorneys had loaded the jury with those they felt most likely to give them the verdict they desired. So much for a fair and unbiased jury.
|Here are some of the potential jurors|
|My badge of courage|
While I'm sure my lack of responses to the questions for the first case played a large roll in my not being selected, I think what truly doomed my chances of being a juror was one of my responses on the questionnaire we all had to fill out. They asked for your current position, mine is retail. They asked for your previous position, mine was accounting. That's right, for quite a number of years I was a number's guy, until International Paper chose to make a business decision and send my job to Poland. These cases were all Civil cases. All the plaintiffs were seeking monetary settlement. The last thing any decent attorney wants is a number's guy on the jury. They don't want someone who's going to be saying "Holy Shit! Do you have any idea how much money you're talking about!"