Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jury Duty

Everyone dreads getting that call to show up for jury duty. I certainly did. Fortunately, sketchbooks are not banned from the courtroom. So for one day, I got in touch with my inner 'courtroom illustrator', and recorded the action...

Potential jurors listen to instructions from the judge.

Potential jurors answer questions from the judge, DA and defense attorney

A lunch-hour sketch of Bardavon Opera House - located across the street from the Courthouse.

There's no law banning stenographers from dressing snappily.

The judge came across as fair and compassionate

I wasn't chosen to serve on this particular jury - but came away from this experience respecting all the checks and balances we go through to remove biases from the legal process.  I'm fortunate to live in a country which attempts to make it's legal system as fair as possible. My only qualm was seeing "In God We Trust" so prominently displayed in the courtroom. I'm not anti-religion - but was under the impression that there is a separation of church and state.

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