I was on jury duty for the last 3 days. The group dynamic in a small room is very interesting. I think everyone should sit on a jury at least once in their life and you get a whole new appreciation of our legal system, the constitution, and just plain ole’ folks. First, the defendant is on trial, then the district attorney, the defense lawyer and last, the jury itself. No matter how concrete the evidence is, reasonable doubt, or lack of it, rules the day. Everyone’s personality gets a chance to shine or show it’s “behind” as it were. I love watching people’s faces (it’s what we do!) and the entire stage show with it’s cast of characters.
It was jury appreciation week and we were treated to cookies and popcorn, music and massages. The folks who took care of us including the deputies went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and taken care of. They realize how stressful it can be to “be on display” for a judge and lawyers. Although, now that it’s over, I am glad to be back to my reality. Back to being creative and “makin’ pictures”!!