A Jury of Your Peers

Is there a good time for Jury Duty? I had delayed my service in December and now here it was a snowy and cold February day, yes that cold and snowy February day. I arrived and sat hoping that maybe I wouldn’t have to serve. Well the system, my postponing in December, and other factors seemed to guarantee service.

During the screening process they asked the prospective jury panel several questions including:
1. “Do you believe that once a liar always a liar?”
2. “Can you separate the fact that the accused is here illegally and just judge him only on the charge that he is on trial for today?”
3. “Where do you get your news from?”

Following these questions, several other follow-up questions were asked. One person in the jury pool found the magic answer that would automatically dismiss you from the pool. A response similar to “I don’t like those people, and can’t judge them impartially”, would do it. The follow question from the defense attorney “what do you mean by those people?” “Mexicans” replied the potential juror, “excused” was the response from the court. “Scary”, I thought, “this person looks like someone I would work with, or be in line with at the supermarket”.

Thank God (Literally) we aren’t judged like the defendant that day!

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” -- Isaiah 43:1

"The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.' – Matthew 25:40

Alien, Hold On To Your Dreams – Gil Scott Heron


Ron Mitchell

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