What I learned from serving on a Grand Jury.

Pandemic or not, the jury is an integral part of our legal system and the administration of justice.
  • We should all be very grateful for all we have. I know that a lot of us are struggling, but there is always someone else who is worst off and there are some very young children who are set up for failure by circumstances outside of their control. We should all be glad that we are not waking up in a storage locker every morning….
  • There are people in my community who make their living stealing drugs and money from drug dealers. They are not regular dealers (they don’t tap into a distribution network), but sell what they steal. I was stunned to find this out, but it makes sense: a drug dealer is not about to head to the police to complain that his drugs are gone. And a drug dealer who has been identified as a good target is called a “stain.”
  • Inhabitable is the same as habitable (like flammable and inflammable). If you could not live in a structure, a lawyer would say it was “uninhabitable.”
  • Nothing good happens after 1 AM. Being out and about in the wee hours of the day seems to dramatically increase the chance that something bad will happen to you.
  • Related: Testosterone and Alcohol are deadly combinations.
  • The most hopeful thing I learned was that we Americans are reasonable folks when we stop watching the TV and start talking to each other. The twelve people on the jury had a wide range of experience and political leanings, yet we all listened to each other’s concerns and questions. It was obvious that everyone in the room was taking to heart the seriousness of their duties, and we all respected each other for it. I just wish that we could have more opportunities to come together as one community to solve our time’s great problems.

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