Once again, I have been called for jury duty.
I have absolutely nothing against doing my duty. I would be glad to sit on a jury and render my verdict for somebody that is far from being my peer.
The problem is that I don’t meet the proper qualifications to be a jury member. I have too many relationships with those in law enforcement and many members of the legal system. I know way too many people. Of course, I also have a strong opinion on most matters, but it almost never gets that far. Usually, I am kicked out really early in the selection process. In most cases, it goes like this:
Judge: "Do any of you know the attorneys involved in this case? Do any of you know anything about the case at hand and have a predisposed opinion that is unlikely to be overcome by evidence provided in the case? Are any of you related to any party or know any party involved in the case?"Me: "Yes, Yes, and Yes."
One time, it was absolutely hilarious. The judge introduced everyone involved in the case and explained what the case entailed. He then asked the basic questions. When I raised my hand to indicate that I met one of the criteria that he brought up, he asked me to elaborate. So, I said, "Your honor, I do not think I can be impartial in this case because:
- I know the plantiff’s attorney and hold him in very low regard as an attorney.
- I was involved in a similar lawsuit a few years ago.
- The defendent is my insurance company.
- I heard the plaintiff and his wife arguing outside of the court house this morning, and she said that she didn’t believe he was hurt.
Based on these facts, I don’t think I could be impartial."
Go figure that the judge dismissed the entire jury. Yet, they keep calling me for jury duty.