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I got out of serving jury duty. The jury selection process was surprisingly like traveling by plane. There was a lot of waiting. A lot of sitting. A lot of lining up and being shuffled from place to place. Movies. A couple of brief flurries of activity. An OK lunch (veggie pizza from the Firehook bakery in the basement). A couple of hundred strangers forced to interact in close quarters. People tapping away on laptops and listening to iPods. But - no kids! (There is free child care provided.)

The trial I was interviewed for concerned a gentleman who had been arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine and marijuana. On the long list of juror questions I picked three to disqualify myself: my upcoming travel (which I told the judge the dates had not been confirmed yet), my associations with various law enforcement people (all from the Dept. of Justice - people at church, my next door neighbor, and someone from the Cal alum association), and, as a last resort, articulating my support for legalizing marijuana. Actually the judge spent more time on my travel than on my thoughts on pot, and in the end I was excused. There were about 100 candidates anyway so I'm sure they got the full complement of jurors.
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On January 9th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC), seegrim commented:
...articulating my support for legalizing marijuana...

And this is why I adore you. *g*
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On January 9th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Not that I've really thought about the issue!

*hugs*

PS I put your card in my "homesick" file which I go through when I'm feeling blue.
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On January 9th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC), seegrim replied:
Aw... Thank you! That's so sweet!

*hugs*
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On January 9th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC), mortuus commented:
I actually want to do jury duty. So of course I've never been summoned. The universe mocks....
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On January 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm sure you'll have your chance with the DC courts! If you think about it the candidate pool is pretty small here.
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On January 9th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC), dewgirl commented:
I enjoyed my jury duty :) I was surprised I *did* get selected... the case was about an accident that an on-duty police officer got into with a citizen. They of course asked if we had any connections to law enforcement and I said yes, my fiance. And yet, they still took me!
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On January 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I wonder if that's a moot question in the end, because everyone has *some* connection to law enforcement, somehow.
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On January 9th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC), rmurphysf commented:
Movies? The Verdict, A Few Good Men, Twelve Angry Men, My Cousin Vinny - what movie?

All we get in SF is the cheesy patriotic movie about our duty to serve on juries. I always tear up but never get picked. What's up with that?
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On January 9th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Alas, no. The Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary, Flightplan, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I get teary-eyed at the Welcome to America video played in the international arrivals hall at Dulles.
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On January 9th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC), rmurphysf replied:
I get teary-eyed at Dulles because of that beautiful Saarinen architecture.
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On January 9th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Those weird shuttles don't help though.
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On January 13th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I hear there's a lot of waiting involved in making movies too. Probably a lot more glam though.
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