My Name is … JUROR # 10 Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post…

What I thought about this experience:

I enjoyed it. It was definitely an experience.

Sidebars are used to approach the judge in a semi-private fashion where only the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, and court reporter are the audience.

The council makes up the defense party and the prosecuting party.

Raise your hand if you need to use the bathroom, its ok.

Possible objections: hearsay, vague, relevance, leading, argumentative, offer of proof..

Rulings: sustained, overruled, stricken.

 

A few funnies in the court room:

There were three instances where I remember laughing wanting to laugh.

#1. The defense witness was being cross-examined by his defense attorney…the witness turns to the judge turns back to the attorney…leans into the mic… bathroom break. I’ll be right back.

#2.  Another defense witness… (honestly, i wanted to laugh the whole time he was up there. This guy was a complete joke.) Anyway, the District Attorney was asking very simple questions and the defense witness could not give a straight-forward answer. For example, Question:  is said defendant a lieutenant? Answer: No, he’s actually an Animal Control Officer 2, just like me but he acts like a lieutenant. They didn’t give him the exact title because there isn’t enough funds to pay him on a lieutenant salary. Melanie: I want to LAUGH out LOUD!

#3 Closing arguments . . . the District Attorney was able to give his closing arguments first. Then the Defense Attorney provided his. The District Attorney then gave his final push to the jury. Among that final push…he brought out a picture of a red herring. He called many of the Defense Attorney’s “reasons/excuses” red herrings. Somehow, I saw that coming…and was thoroughly amused that I was right. I was also entertained that he even provided a picture…of a red herring. I think I chuckled…aloud. Maybe even smiled at the District Attorney…oh how I would miss him.

If any of you want to know what my case is about let me know. I can divulge although I have some type of fear that the DA might google about this specific case he was on so I don’t want to provide any names and specifics. I may have a password protected post about it instead. 🙂

My Name is … JUROR # 10 Part 1

Here is the post you have all been waiting for. My jury duty post! Of course, I say it tongue in cheek like… no one is really waiting for me to post, let alone post about jury duty. No one notices I haven’t posted about jury duty, either. I’m glad I straightened all that out for myself so you didn’t have to do it in the comment section below 😉

 

Jury Duty.

What I liked:

My days start at 10:30 am.

Typical lunch time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The court itself is closed from noon to 1:30.

My days end no later than 4:30, sometimes earlier.

The District Attorney was the prosecutor, I got to see his pretty face every day. If I believed in love at first sight..that was it. Such intellect, beauty, and personality.

I went home for lunch.

Some days I even took a nap.

It was nice.

What I disliked:

The court room was always cold.

I didn’t have a name.

I was referred to as my juror number according to the seat I had.

I was unable to talk to anyone about the case.

I was unable to talk to my beloved readers about what went on inside the courtroom or my head about the case, for that matter.

Mostly, I was unable to talk to the District Attorney. Oh how I loved admired him. (You do realize I am kidding right? Melanie would totally never ever fall in love with someone by the sight of them. It goes against everything Melanie.)

After lunch, I always found myself a little drowsy.

Cross examinations were full of objections and sidebars prolonging the case from 3-4 days to a whole week.

The jury deliberation room was freezing as well, fyi.

Tomorrow I will post about my experience-what I learned and a few funnies 🙂

 

Stay tuned!

Welcome to my Randomness XXI

I’ve been really fascinated by how beautiful the sky has been lately. . .

 

Pretty Colors...

 

 

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I had an interview with the Science Center yesterday. I haven’t been there in FOREVER. So many things have been changed but it’s still so neat to go through it.

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I have this intense desire to just up and leave for the weekend. Buy a flight for Friday and fly back Monday.

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The problem is picking where to go. So many choices!

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Volleyball tomorrow. I haven’t been feeling it the past few games. I haven’t played horribly. I’ve been pretty decent. I’ve been completely off and it’s really frustrating.

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Hopefully I can snap out of it soon.

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Looking for a volleyball league to join after this one ends. Any suggestions?

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If all else fails, I’ll just sign up for a volleyball class at Mt Sac.

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I’ll be able to play at least once a week.

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Upcoming Jury Duty on November 15th. I’ll serve the jury term. I just hope it’s a case I can handle. None of that nasty gory stuff.

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Add the graphics to the details, I may throw up.

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Ever feel like you’re waiting for someone to ask you how you are doing? Really, ask you how you are doing. To the point where they’re keeping eye contact waiting for your answer…?

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Yeah, so anyway. My friend Beth is leaving for Michigan tomorrow. The silly girl told me last weekend as we were hanging out. She said it so nonchalant…

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Going back to school enrolling to get an AA in Paralegal stuff. That sentence looks weird.

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This past week has been horrible sleep week. I don’t know why. Last night I came home “late” 10pm. I was helping my mom get their flight stuff ready. Slept after 1am.

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The other night my twin called! Woohoo! He’s coming for a weekend in December. I’m excited! I didn’t think I’d see him til his wedding. If I was going, lol. Oh anyway, since the last time we talked a couple of months ago we ended up talking til 3 am.

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The weather has been insane lately, just to let you know. This past week its been around 87-97 degrees. Wednesday it was unbearable with the 97 degree weather! Its NOVEMBER!!!

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My friend Ben who lives in MO at the moment thinks that’s incredible. He said swimming attire should be appropriate for the workplace if it’s that hott in November. The logic in that? I don’t see it.

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He and I talked about something particular that needs a post all its on.

Until next Friday’s randomness!

That’s not when I’ll post about it some time after I post my sushi dinner and this post! Wow, I’m totally random right now.

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ok bye!