After 4 days of schlepping up to the county courthouse and sitting through the detailed, lengthy voir dire process to pick a 13-person jury for a criminal trial, I was dismissed Tuesday just before lunch, along with 24 others in the pool. Not one question had been directed at me all morning -- meaning they'd either chosen me already or ruled me out altogther.
I'm happy to say it was the latter. Not that I would want to shirk my civic duty; I've already served on two jury panels after all, and was glad of the experience both times. But this trial, as I hinted previously, is sure to be a tough one. That's because one of the charges is murder in the first degree, and much of the voir dire questioning concerned our attitudes about the death penalty -- meaning the State is likely to seek it should the defendant be found guilty of that charge. And I was dreading the prospect of possibly having a man's life in my hands that way ...
So, once again: Phew!!