Saturday - Aug 27, 2005
Jury Duty - Again
I received my first
jury summons when I was 27 and have been receiving them on a regular basis
for 28 years. By regular basis, I mean every three to five years. When you
consider that I have a ponytail down to my waist I'm especially surprised
that I was picked to serve once again.
I spent 3 days this
week serving on a civil trial that was one of those nuisance law suits that
you hear so much about. Not as silly as the 'spilled hot coffee lawsuit' but
just the same, it never should have gone to court. Both plaintiff and
defendant spent considerable money on expert witnesses and when the show was
finally over, it took barely an hour for us to deliberate. I feel sorry for
the plaintiff who was a sickly women and obviously struggling to make ends
meet but she is definitely worse off now than when she started. She never
should have started. Iím guessing that sheís the type of person who insisted
on going forward even when advised not to do so. Would an ethical lawyer
have advised her to pursue this? Lawyers don't do that. No way!
Unfortunately, all the
trials I have been on were along similar lines. Not a good track record for
my 28 year involvement with the jury system. In the past Iíve never
considered trying to get out of jury duty but next time Iíll be reluctant to
go. No, I donít have any ideas for a better system but I gotta say, as far
as serving, I think Iíve paid my dues. Frankly, I think they should send me
a gold watch and never call again.
Iím not fishing for a gold star but in the interest of having
something to post, the following are some of the books I read this summer.
Oooo, good boy.
|Buddhism Plain & Simple
|The Kite Runner
|The Art of Happiness
Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler
? - I gave this book away
Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
|The History of Nearly
|Buddhism is Not What
|Darwin's Radio (The
next evolutionary step for mankind)