today i had to report to the courthouse for jury duty. this is the 4th time i've been called to serve and i must say that i am very impressed with the system in this country. i'm sure there are ways to improve our judicial system, but when you are sitting amongst several hundred citizens- all there for the same purpose, you can't help but feel proud to live here.
i was randomly chosen to be one of 40 prospective jurors for a criminal trial being held in 2 weeks. the accused was sitting next to his lawyer and i tried not to stare at him- especially when i heard what he had been charged with. the questioning lasted for several hours- lots of side-bars -(wow(!) i have learned some legal terms! ) i am thankful that i wasn't chosen in the final count as i was not really wanting to hear all the gory details about his "incident" with a 12 year old at a local fair last summer.
to see the system working and know that any of us and all of us ARE the system , is an overwhelmingly awesome responsibility. i have been on 2 juries in the past 8 years- it changes your life, it did mine. we take so many things for granted and sometimes that is how we lose them. i have a friend who is almost 80 years old and told me that she has never voted. my father-in-law didn't vote - just drove my mother-in-law to the poles. when i think of the founding fathers and how our country began, i want to do all that I can to "hold these truths to be..."today i am proud to be an American . i hope each of you will have the opportunity to serve your community and country in this way.
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