In the midst of the crazy that went along with moving, I got a jury duty summons. Naturally.
I had to report last week.
Since the last time I had to do this, they built a new courthouse. The place is stunning with all sorts of nice amenities. I'm talking about plentiful outlets for devices, available wifi, flat screen TVs, and laptop stations.
But it's still jury duty. And eventually we got called to go to a courtroom.
First, they called 18 of us (of the 50 or so sent down) to start out "in the box". I was selected as lucky juror number eight.
My brain wandered as the charges were read. Too many codes. Most had to do with gun charges. Apparently, the two defendants were alleged to have been involved in some sort of gang violence.
The news got even "better" from there. The trial was projected to take ten business days.
The judge started with the usual questions--occupation and jury duty experience. Before we got too far into it, noon hit and it was time to break for lunch. We were to be back at 2 o'clock.
It was not a peaceful lunch for me.
We were all outside the courtroom on time. We waited. And waited. People came in and out of the courtroom, but no one to bring us back inside (we had been told to wait in the hall when we returned from lunch). Finally, a clerk came out to inform us that it would be five more minutes. I wasn't looking at my phone, but it felt like longer before the clerk came back out.
The clerk said the "alternates" could go back to the jury room. They were dismissed.
When someone asked about those of us already in the box, she informed us that we were all dismissed. With a "thank you for your service..." goodbye.
Whew. That was way too close.
At this time I'd like to thank juror number five. I'm convinced that her discussion with the judge (about how she wasn't sure how she'd feel about defendants who didn't testify) convinced someone to settle the case. Because they must have settled. Right?
A little over an hour after that we were dismissed. And I now have 12 wonderful months free from any sort of jury duty summons.