May 7, 2009

First day as a grand juror

Filed under: civil obligations — origamifreak @ 7:15 am

In an hour I have to be at the courthouse to start hearing cases.

In the meantime I will share with you the hokey movie we were shown to inspire us to show up and do our civic duty like good little doobies. It’s the second one on the page.

Also, here’s an interesting article that claims rather convincingly that grand juries have been co-opted by government to serve as rubber stamps for prosecutors.  Many countries and US states have abolished them entirely.

I have to say that it does seem a bit unbalanced that the DA gets to decide everything we hear, have access to, etc. and he also is our sole legal advice other than the judge, to whom we will have limited access.  In a county where the sheriff was recently removed and the DA himself has been accused of misusing authority.



  1. I think that “DA” could also be pronounced “DUH”

    Comment by havasurose — May 10, 2009 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  2. Report on how it went? Forgot to ask Saturday.
    Really liked the sushi game.
    Thanks for coming.

    Comment by jpm14 — May 11, 2009 @ 10:21 am | Reply

    • Thanks for having us over there!

      The quiche in particular was very tasty.

      I suspect that the DAs are going to get tired of me real fast, if they haven’t already. I ask a lot of questions and recall witnesses, etc. Some of the people in our jury are kinda feisty and ask really pointed questions. I like listening to them.

      Comment by origamifreak — May 11, 2009 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

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