Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jury Duty

Today was spent at the Supreme Court in Vancouver in a Jury Selection process.

Thankfully I was not asked to participate.

It would have been a very interesting case dealing with Cocaine and intents to traffic.

The defendants pleaded not guilty and the case was expected to last 20 days.

I never knew that they would ask soo many people to come but I learned some things today.

Many people were rejected because they did not speak English.

If nothing, but for doing your civic duty to our country, people should learn the

common language. It makes for a better society.

I saw today how hard it is to select a jury ,

how frustrating for the judge and sheriff and lawyers to get the people they needed to procure a right decision for their clients.

The defendants also had to sit and go through the process with everyone watching them.

By the cross section of the people I saw today, at the court house, our nation is hurting.

So many are old , ill, parents with children who need special care and/or hurting financially .

Any and all have reason to take drugs just to get away from it

And I guess, by the looks of it, many do. Otherwise why would we be there to convict or find innocent

Men who traffic and destroy innocent minds?

Outside on the other hand, there were soo many driving in expensive cars, in expensive suits,

Living an expensive life.

Not going down town very often, to see vividly, this wide separation between people, was alarming.

As always, looks may be deceiving, but it takes you down memory lane to days when you had a chance to be one of these career people

but decided on family values and a slower pace of life, rather than a time consuming career, taking priority in your life.

Today I think, if I had to do it again, would I change anything????

No. I don’t think so.

I lived my life exactly how I wanted to live it.

Loving and being loved.


George said...

The jury selection process is always fascinating. I've served on a couple of juries and am amazed that people can be found to serve.

A Lady's Life said...

I wouldn't have minded but it was soo far away and I would have had a lot of trouble getting there and coming home at night.
They did not say it would be sequestered. They just said the jury is kept separate from people in the court room so not to leave anything behind. It would be a major process to get things back.It was very interesting.

Trotter said...

Hi Lady! I’m back!! One week off, one week to deal with the mess created by the absence, a birthday almost no one noticed and a weekend to rest a little bit...

You see, always learning... Now the jury selection process...

Meanwhile Blogtrotter Two is enjoying a fabulous hotel: the Cala di Volpe in Costa Smeralda!! Enjoy, comment and have a great weekend!

A Lady's Life said...

Welcome back Trotter and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

SandyCarlson said...

I think there is a lot of hurting out there. Jury duty is a tough one. I remember the last time I was called. We, the prospective jury, sat on hard benches, but the defendant sat in a soft chair.

A Lady's Life said...

Wow that must have been tough. I wish the Supreme Court was closer to my home. I wouldn't mind to go if I knew I could do some good.I was excited to have been asked lol
I don't know why people take drugs. If there were no buyers, we would have no problems with sellers of the darn thing.Drugs destroy livers kidneys brains. Even the prescription ones. The marijuana problem could be fixed if people got prescriptions and got it from drug stores like they do other drugs.Legally.

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