Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Update: The burden of duty

So, I told you about my close brush with becoming a juror on a major criminal case, right? 

Well, the trial actually made the local newscasts on Friday afternoon, after the jury found the defendant guilty on all four charges, including first-degree murder.  The State's case must have been pretty powerful, for it took the jurors only two hours to make their deliberations.  I'm sure the trial must have been unpleasant (to say the least!) to sit through, for it apparently was a sordid story containing prostitution, drug addiction, a vengeful scorned woman, and a knife used as the murder weapon.   

And now the panelists have to return in a few weeks to sit through more testimony before deliberating on whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.  I'm just glad I'm not one of them! 

But I think we all owe folks like that a huge debt of gratitude.  Surely no one relishes being in that jury seat .... but just think: Where would we be without it? 

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