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.