Live Blogging Jury DutyPosted: January 13, 2011
So today I am at the courthouse, I’ve been summoned to jury duty. I am dragging you along for the ride. I’m in a big room with Wi-Fi access while I wait so I’m just going to write this post thru the day and see what comes of it. Stop by for periodic updates.
7:50 – I am waiting outside the jury room. It isn’t open yet. It seems like some people have arrived with friends. I don’t know how you get jury duty with friends. If any of you know how, please let me know for the next time.
8:20 – The summons says business casual attire is required. A guy just showed up in jeans, boots and a ball cap. Another has his jeans hanging down around his butt with his boxer shorts showing. What business are these guys in?
I wonder what would happen if I went into the court with my pants around my butt? Maybe I will just describe by underwear on my juror questionnaire. Blue boxer briefs, grey waistband.
8:30 – Jury instruction video starts. The woman in the video is reading from a script. She looks down at the script to read her name.
She also tells us that the name change/change of address form are for people who have changed their name or address. Oh.
There are nine cameras in the ceiling in the jury waiting room. Apparently there have been some shenanigans in the jury waiting room.
8:55 – Video from the state. It says I am part of a long tradition and I can be proud of that.
It also tells me I was randomly selected. Can you be proud of being randomly selected? I was randomly selected for a drug test a few months ago. It was a proud moment.
9:05 – Some guy is just getting here. I got here on time. They are paying me $12 for being here. I think he should be docked.
9:10 – I am sworn in.
9:20 – 10:45 – In a courtroom. They call me to the jury box to question me as an alternate juror. I know one of the witnesses. They send me back to the waiting room. I think this is going to be a trend.
11:16 – I don’t know what movie this they’re showing, but Russell Crowe is a boxer during the depression. He can’t fight anymore, and his wife has farmed the kids out to family members because they can’t afford to feed them. Nothing like being bored and having your soul crushed.
11:29 – Russell Crowe is being allowed to fight some guy he was supposed to have no chance against. He is winning. I think this movie used to be called Rocky.
11:43 – I was wrong. eleven cameras in this room. Eleven. They are really into shenanigan management.
You know, I’m complaining about the room, but the last time I was in for jury duty the waiting room was brutal. I didn’t know they could run that many Jerry Springer shows in a row.
12:03 – If I need a note for my employer or my professor it is time to sign up. Are any of you professors?
12:27 – Goth Girl is asking people if we get to leave after lunch. Wasn’t she watching the video? Oh wait…I think we are getting a break.
12:30 – We are outta here! They are shaking us loose! I’m free!