posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 04:58 PM
Ok, the headline is a little dramatic, but it is pretty accurate.
I showed up for Jury Duty today, and I was called into a courtroom for a civil trial. A family vs. a hospital for wrongful death and neglect. The
plaintiff family was black.
After the usual questions were asked and answered, and a few people removed. They started the specific line of questioning. To my surprise, the
plaintiff's lawyer asked people what type of T.V. they liked to watch. Several people spoke up, and said everything from American Idol to News
shows. The atty zeroed in on those that said news shows, and started asking what type of news shows, what channels, what anchors, etc.
Pretty soon, he had checked off everyone who watched FOX news. He obviously did not want them on his jury!
I was quiet, so he specifically asked me about my preference. I told him I preferred to not watch T.V. He said hypothetically, if I watched the
news, what channel would I turn to first. I told him CNN and FOX. He asked what I liked about FOX in particular, so on and so on, am I Conservative
or Liberal, do I have any racist views, have I had any racial problems, how do I feel about Affirmative Action, have I ever felt like a victim of
Affirmative Action. He also spread similar questions to other members that were not American Idol watchers!.
I'll skip to the end and then give some more detail. At the end of the day, the Jury was made up of entirely Liberal jurors, who love reality TV, do
Social Work, or work in schools with "challenged" kids. The typical PC answers like "I don't see color" were driving the intelligent part of the
jury pool insane. There was a lot of eye rolling and confused glances exchanged.
What kind of idiot doesn't see color?
Now, I was more infuriated (glad I wasn't chosen) by the lack of the defendants lawyer to counter this attack at all. She seemed perfectly happy
with the same liberally biased and not very honest jury?!?! Is this because they are easier to manipulate?
The plaintiffs agenda was clear. He wanted a black, liberal, uneducated jury, that felt victimized in the past. That made sense. But the
Hospital's attorney should have wanted business people, logical thinkers, educated folks who would comprehend the expert testimony. Why did she
choose to follow a similar line of questioning, and not object to his irrelavent questions? Even the judge spoke up a couple of times and shut down
each attorney as they delved deeper into our political views?!
I did not really want to serve, but I was offended that me and many others were ruled out because of a stereo-type that conservatives are racists, and
that intelligent people that use logic, read, and occasionally watch the news make bad jurors!
I have had black girlfriends, and I have almost a 50/50 split in my close guy friends. I am even a Republican that voted for Obama! (Lessor of two
evils, I had hoped.)
A math teacher got the boot. Several students in scientific fields got the boot (the Sociology and Music Majors were picked though). A couple of
business men got the boot, but a retired social worker, an educational administrator for challenged youths, and a janitor for a middle school got
Ironically, no body asked me if I had any dealings with the hospital in question. I was actually quite mad at that particular hospital for not
following my wishes, and not releasing medical files timely when it came to my premature baby. The plaintiff should have loved that info!
Rant and conjecture over, but I am left with a burning questions:
Has our country, and our legal system in particular, come to the point where they prefer uninformed, liberal, victimized citizens to represent the
community as a whole?
Is this really a "cross-section" of the population, or a jury of our peers?
Does the fact that I flip between news channels to find the middle ground make me a racist? Or the fact that I prefer gardening, hiking, and sports
over American Idol mean I am unfit to render an impartial opinion. Should I have done my proper "training" with the Mass Media Monster?
If a math teacher uses the word "logical" does mean she isn't able to make good decisions?
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