Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I'm writing to you on a quaint little computer courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Court where I am waiting to to be selected, like a lobster, from the tank of potential jurors. For some reason I haven't been picked yet, and the afternoon is dwindling. If my high school sports days are any kind of harbinger, I'll be selected next to last, just before the huge asthmatic fellow, and then only grudgingly.
The jurors who were chosen earlier today are no doubt gazing with excited eyes at a defendant and trying to tell just from looking at him (or her!) whether he or she actually did sideswipe the Bookmobile or garrote the cat next door. But they must keep their intuitions out of play and make their decision based entirely on the facts as presented.

How creepy it is down here. Everyone looks guilty. Everyone IS guilty! Must go wash my hands now.
They just called my name and I'm waiting to go in. Don't even bother to ask me what the trial is about during its run, 'cause I won't tell you.


Blogger monkeyrotica said...

When the defense attorneys ask you the usual questions, tell them you believe minor traffic violations and petty criminals should be torn apart by wild dogs BECAUSE IT'S IN THE BIBLE! Works for me every time and I have yet to serve on a jury. No lie, G.I.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew it! "Jesus and the Bear Phase One" is a courtroom sketch! Are the jurors hiding behind the big rocks, or are they the big rocks? I can never tell the difference anymore, if there is one.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Dougherty said...

Just sneer at the defendant until their mouthpiece asks them to send you packing. Keep mouthing the phrase "You're gonna get it! You're going down!" and drawing your index finger across your neck when your eyes meet.

If all else fails, hit on the judge.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Matt Tamaru said...

Sketchin' time.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoping you won't be bright red next time I see you.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

Jury duty is a sacred obligation and not something you should try to get out of.

Then again, I've never been called up.

5:19 AM  

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