Okay, okay. So the Pats didn’t whoop butt like I predicted on Sunday night but they should have. Living with a non-Patriots fan has been difficult enough, so please go easy on me.
Jury duty – yes, I made as far as being impaneled (I wonder if they call it that because it looks and sounds so much like impaled???). Once you’re impaneled, the attorney’s have the opportunity to read your brief questionnaire and can remove anyone from the jury without explanation. At this trial, there were three attorneys so the odds of this happening were increased.
After a brief review, the announcement came – “Juror #138, Seat 2, you’re dismissed!” Yay, yay, and yay! It took 54 potential jurors to fill this 13 person jury! I was dismissed in round one.
Natural next step is for everyone that got dismissed to reminisce about why they think they were. In this case, I think I have hubby to thank for that. The case was a woman suing the 99 restaurant chain and their management company as she had fallen on ice in their parking lot. I’m guessing that her attorney saw that Brian is a maintenance technician for the Wendy’s restaurant chain and figured it’d be too likely I would side with 99′s and their contractors instead of them. (Honestly, I believe I could have been unbiased – he only works there, we don’t own them – but that’s okay).
Second reason to be relieved. There was a second trial that they were pooling a jury for. It was a murder trial. I heard comments to the effect of “it’s going to last 3 weeks”, “one of the victims“, etc. They called up 2 separate pools trying to fill that jury. The first was number 1 through 135. The second was what remained of 140 – whatever. Notice my comment above??? I was jury 138. I was one of only 5 people that were left out of the possibility of being a juror on a murder trial. I do not know why. I do not care.