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March 20, 2005

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i got me some jury duty on the 31st. let's see if they take me.

Good luck. They take your cell phone away at the CJS, so plan on being out of touch. Also, the food sucks there, so bring your own if you are going to want anything. And a book, of course.

I always show up for jury duty day (it's one day or one trial here), but I've never served. I once got into a courtroom, but they didn't get to me. I used to think that there's no way I'd get onto a jury--advanced degree, plus anti-death-penalty, plus used to work with junkies and alcoholics--but it seems that those things don't matter so much any more. In any case, that's pretty impressive that you've managed to get onto two juries--aren't you a lawyer?

In any case, that's pretty impressive that you've managed to get onto two juries--aren't you a lawyer?

Yes. Impressive is not the word I would use. In the med mal case, I informed the parties that (a) I am an attorney, (b) I am friends with the judge, and (c) (1) my girlfriend is a physician and (2) we recently had had, um, vigorous discussions about medical malpractice law.

They looked at me. The one guy asked, "So, in this case, can you be fair?"

Which, of course, got past all my logical defenses and pricked my vanity. "Sure I can be fair," I said.

I got picked.

Next time I am going to just go in and look at the guy and say, "I don't like your kind. And your client looks like a communist to me. What are you, a commie lover?"

Good luck with that strategy; let me know how that works out for you.

It is truly amazing that you got picked for the med mal case. I would have thought that any of the three would have been a sufficient condition to exclude you. (Once again demonstrating that I don't know shit.)

I would have thought that any of the three would have been a sufficient condition to exclude you.

Me, too. But I got my revenge. I found out later from the judge that halfway through the trial, the plaintiff's attorney remarked, "I think I made a mistake picking that guy." Must have been the way I rolled my eyes every time he talked.

I tell 'em I'm a musician. I've never survived voir dire on a criminal case, but done my time on whiplash cases.

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