Jury deliberation on demand
May 7, 2010 5:10 PM Subscribe
Jury deliberation was utterly exhilarating. Help me find more situations like this.
posted by zeek321 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (25 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
The trial lasted for eight days, and we started deliberation on day nine. I felt that we jurors were very diverse:
schoolteacher (white woman mid thirties)
school administrator (white-looking hispanic woman mid thirties)
collections call center manager (hispanic man early fifties)
white collar office worker (white male early thirties)
unknown (hispanic man early forties)
phd student (white man late twenties -- me)
audio technician (black man late fifties)
blue collar worker (white man late forties)
We had most of us in one direction, one maybe, and flat out antisocial, belligerent opposition from one more. The case was racially charged and involved a child and a "white" institution. In six hours we were unanimous. Initially stubborn, angry people, people who said they wouldn't budge, clearly felt heard and understood by the end, and everyone was more certain and at ease with the verdict than when we started.
It was incredibly exhilarating and tremendously complicated. I felt like I had to be alert and on my toes and thinking hard the whole time. The whole of the situation was continually shifting and changing in interesting ways. I felt like I had to creatively open up and frame personal experiences, frustrations, and fears in order to create trust and help other people feel comfortable saying what they really thought. There was also the unspoken alliances and teamwork between smart sensitive people to keep the process moving forward and to play good cop/bad cop and to find ways to make other people feel safe. Wow.
I'm not likely to end up on another jury for years or even longer.
How in the world can I have regular experiences like this?