Blogs by Diana J Legun
Jury Duty - The Verdict
4/9/2012 1:37:08 PM
What is Truth?
Contrary to my previous list of silly excuses to get out of jury duty, I actually was excused due to none of them, all of which I would never have used.
It was not my ficticious dog on hourly medication or my claim to show in nudity due to no clothes. It was my attitude. I was excused as a potential juror. I believe it was my statement that I am of the mind that frivolous lawsuits are rampant and that society seems to not accept the actual 'accident' anymore. There must always be someone to blame. And I stated to the judge and panel of lawyers, court reporters, clerks and baliff, that I do not like that.
This I believe is the cause of my release, even over and above my having to state in front of everyone that 'yes, I am related to a victim of violent personal assault... my sister was raped at knifepoint,' for this was a case about a dispute over an environmental issue which may have involved some degree of assault, although this was not disclosed to us.
What I wish I would have done was respond voluntarily to the prosecution's inquiry to several juror #'s, about what would they do in a dispute between Jimmy and Johnny whereby Jimmy said Johnny hit him and there were no witnesses. And what would they do if there is visible evidence of bodily harm.
I wish I would have stood, uncalled on to say: "My three year old son bit a visiting nine year old boy. The boys did not know each other. There were no witnesses. The nine year old came out to the room of adults and said my son bit him. There were teeth marks on his arm the size of my son's mouth. Evidence that this event did happen. Of course my son was approached with the reprimand that 'we don't bite people.' But as I sat on my son's bed with him and saw the tears fall in a very shamed and remorseful, albeit also offended face, he said that the older boy had pinned him down and there was nothing to do but bite him to get him off. This is why we cannot judge each other. Period. I don't believe in juries for these types of disputes. I have no alternative idea how to handle misdemeanorish violations, though. But the way I see it is that we can not know absolute truth about isolated incidents.
If there had been another child in the room to see the boy twice the size of the pinned boy, that child may have said, "Yeah, I saw it. The little boy just bit the bigger boy and they were just wrestling." That child may not have realized that a three year old boy would be frightened by a nine year old twice his size. He did what any animal in nature would do. And that nine year old boy.....if he had no previous exposure to three year olds, he may not have any idea he was scaring the younger one, seriously. In that respect, who is at fault? No one. That's my point.
Now, if it was a husband who repeatedly beat his wife or children or anyone, I would shoot out of my seat and call out, "Hang em high!" with no qualms. Rabid dogs can not be cured.
That's all I have to say about that.
More Blogs by Diana J Legun
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Delightful Experience - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Taking Myself to the Movies - Friday, October 19, 2012
je parle ( I Speak) - Thursday, October 11, 2012
In A Trunk - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Calmness - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A Winding Ribbon - Thursday, September 06, 2012
Revelation - Thursday, August 16, 2012
Home - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Daily Doodlings - Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Dentist - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Questions for Everyone - Thursday, July 12, 2012
No labels - Friday, July 06, 2012
Hair - Friday, June 15, 2012
On Sojourn - Saturday, May 19, 2012
March 11, 2007 10:31 a.m. - Friday, April 20, 2012
Dream - Friday, April 20, 2012
Making Moments II - Thursday, April 19, 2012
A Zen Moment - Monday, April 16, 2012
Fingernails - The Long and Short of Them - Friday, April 13, 2012
Jury Duty - The Verdict - Monday, April 09, 2012
Jury Duty - Saturday, April 07, 2012
Dogs - Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Beginning of the End of the Beginning - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
A Romp With Nostalgia - Saturday, March 31, 2012