Live Blogging Jury Duty: Part 1

Coming to you live from the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Court House: Its jury duty. This is my second day of sitting for jury duty in as many years. My last visit to the Mitchell court house was fairly uneventful. Although I was initially chosen as the 12th man the defense team used their last challenge to strike me from the that particular jury. The defendant, up for attempted murder, took one look at me and shook his head no toward his lawyer. I spent the rest of the day in the “Quiet Room,” where I am now comfortably ensconced. Why not live blog my experience. I’ve got nothing better to do.

Of course, if I get selected for a trial, the judge would probably frown upon me tapping away during voir dire, so don’t expect a blow by blow account of any trial. I bet the producers of Dateline and 48 Hours Mystery, would like to have that kind of access to a juror. Just kidding.

Anyway on to the updates.

9:45 AM: I’ve been here for and hour and half. My juror number is fairly high so It will be a while before I get to check in and get my handsome payment of $15.

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The juror orientation film has not changed. It is quite dated. The film features WBAL TV’s Stan Stovall. To give you an idea of how old this video is, Stovall cut this vid when he was still with WMAR and had no gray hair.


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