I was summoned to Jury duty on Monday, Dec 10 at 8 AM.(please refer to Dec 21 posting)
My first day, I along with 34 other civic minded citizens were randomly called to Judge Peter Corrigan’s courtroom on the 19th floor. After three days of voir dire (seeking the truth) I was selected to sit on a jury that was made-up of 12 jurors and two alternates. The trial took six days (the whole process 9 days), three young men were being charged with six counts each, the more serious of the counts, attempted murder.
Allow me to back up a bit in thought…
Chapter 8 – The Queen’s Croquet Ground: Alice leaves the tea party and enters the garden where she comes upon three living playing cards painting the white roses on a rose tree red because the Queen of Hearts hates white roses. A procession of more cards, kings and queens and even the White Rabbit enters the garden. Alice then meets the King and Queen. The Queen, a figure difficult to please, introduces her trademark phrase “Off with his head!” which she utters at the slightest dissatisfaction with a subject. Alice is invited (or some might say ordered) to play a game of croquet with the Queen and the rest of her subjects but the game quickly descends into chaos. Live flamingos are used as mallets and hedgehogs as balls and Alice once again meets the Cheshire Cat. The Queen of Hearts then orders the Cat to be beheaded, only to have her executioner complain that this is impossible since the head is all that can be seen of him. Because the cat belongs to the Duchess, the Queen is prompted to release the Duchess from prison to resolve the matter.
I now believe The Adventures of Alice and Wonderland was created and written after the author sat on a jury. Time seemed to stand still (delay after delay after delay), objects appearing larger and smaller (lawyers and testimonies) then they should be. The police are represented as the Queen of Hearts….”a figure difficult to please, introduces her trademark phrase ‘Off with his head!’ which she utters at the slightest dissatisfaction with a subject.”
How did we get here? I am positive a question Alice asked herself.
Sadly, I completely understand how many have grown to mistrust the police…because they should! Yes, oh yes, oh sadly they should. The police and communities should be working together to partner in great solutions in many city neighborhoods. But how do you work with someone that presumes you are guilty? How do you work and respect a group of people who lack the proper training to deal with different cultures? How do you work and respect a group of people who mistreat so many?
The law – You have to presume innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. The State has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. A juror has to be 90% certain of guilt to convict and all 12 jurors need to be in agreement.
We get into the Jury room, first vote 6 guilty, 6 innocent…The final verdict later!
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today wondering what came first the chicken or the egg.
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
President and CEO