Potential Juror #23 was DISMISSED!! 🙂
There is, of course, a story behind this verdict.
In short,Miriam and I arrived (a few minutes EARLY) at the courthouse … only to be told that our cellphones not only had to be TURNED OFF, but they were to be put in our vehicles!! So, we trekked the seeming 1/2 mile back to the car (the parking situation at our courthouse is LOUSY!!) and got back to the courthouse right about on time – only to hear THE ELEVATOR WAS BROKEN, and we had to take the stairs up to the 3rd floor courtroom for jury selection.
I arrived in the already-full courtroom and knew I had to stay near the back because I had Miriam with me. So far, I had only given my name to the person at the metal detector at the entrance – and now to the county clerk (city clerk? court clerk?) lady. We stood near the door, and a really nice man offered me his seat. Chivalry is not dead. 🙂 (There were more seats, but they were way towards the front/judge’s bench.)
Miriam was SO good … she ate her cheerio snack, drank some milk, looked at a few books I’d brought while we waited 20 minutes for instructions. FINALLY, someone came out to speak to us – and then we were numbered. I was #23. Afterwards, 3 names were called – mine was the third – and then the man said, “You are dismissed.”
And that was it. I really, really had not expected it to be that easy (well, except for all the walking – back to my car and up 3 flights of stairs!). THANK YOU, Lord!!