Saturday, April 14, 2007
the world's worst juror
(Mr Potsblog in Mufti)
So, day one of Cornell Law School trials and my first day ever as a juror. I am terrible. One look at the defendent, and I sat back and spaced, because he LOOKED guilty as heck. Lawyers and judges tend to say a lot, and I didn't try to follow them much, stared at the paintings and all the other people and such. The law student acting as prosecution was fantastic, further cementing the fact that the dumb guy in the chair was guilty.
Then we had lunch. Despite what the judge said, I gossiped with other jurors and compared notes. We had arson, I sat with somebody who had a juicy murder. Our arson had a dead body too, but anyway....
So, after lunch the defense steps up. The objective and relatively reasonable person I am listened and saw all the holes in the prosecutions' case. It turns out he had NOTHING!!! But, he presented it convincingly, up until lunch. But then after lunch, defense was a very beautiful and quiet and intelligent woman who tore his case to shreds. Did I mention (of course, I am a happily married man of many years) that the defense attorney was very pretty?
So, I am the worlds' worst juror.