They told us that we would almost surely be done in two days, by the end of Wednesday. I must admit that I was a little shocked a murder trial could be tried and decided in that short time. It doesn't seem appropriate to really discuss the case, so I think I'll offer some bullet points:
- overhead projections of the dead young man, shot in the head three times as he sat behind the wheel of his car.
- an overzealous, overconfident, though not very smooth prosecuting attorney.
- a badly dressed (on purpose?) public defender whom i found disarmingly effective.
- a case based on what I considered to be quite shady eyewitness testimony.
- a pointed absence of any motive (motive wasn't necessary to decide the case, but still!).
- the imposing presence of an audience composed equally of friends of the defendant and the deceased.
The lesson learned? Maybe I shouldn't be so eager to get picked for jury duty.
And, I'm blonde again. Not as light as I'd like, but it's getting there.