Key Lessons From The Courtroom

The reality of a jury trial is different from what we see on television or read in books, where the action moves quickly towards the acquittal or conviction of the defendant. On television the opening arguments, the witness interrogation, and the closing arguments are all pertinent and exciting. Of course, on television the trials are filled with action, with both sides winning points, stumbling, and articulating rational and often distressing arguments.

When I was summoned for jury duty, my expectation was that while there might be some down time waiting to be selected for a jury panel, once picked, things would move along quickly. Reality, not surprisingly, proved quite different. Perhaps some trials are filled with drama, interesting cross-examinations and surprise endings. But my experience as a juror was, for the most part, all about waiting and listening intently.

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