The Day of Reckoning April 17, 2012 by Chris LeBrun

The day is finally here and now I’m anxiously waiting for the hour to arrive when I learn my fate!  Most people dread this day (and I’m not talking about tax day) but I not me!  I’ve been counting down, much like a child anxiously counts down till Christmas. Hopefully what awaits me tonight isn’t as disappointing as the pair of dress sock, shampoo (believe it or not) and that tube of Pepsodent toothpaste I got for Christmas each year from my grandmother!

What am I so excited about, you ask? (Go ahead — I’ll wait while you ask)!

Tonight is the night I make the call to the county courthouse to find out if I get the privilege of serving my fellow Brevard County residents as a juror!

I know what you’re thinking — most people, my wife included, can’t stand the thought of having jury duty.  I, on the other hand, relish the idea!  I don’t care what the case is, I want to sit on a jury, see the entire trial process, hear the arguments, and go in that jury room with 11 other people to help decide the innocence or guilt of the accused.

Come on, I even SOUND like an attorney!

A couple years ago my wife and I both got summons around the same time.  I was overjoyed at the possibility; she was dejected.  I dutifully called in only to be disappointed that not enough people had committed crimes, er, I mean they didn’t need me to serve.  That happened every night that week with the same results each night and just as soon as it had opened, my window to serve was closed.

My wife on the other hand got called the first day and actually got to be on the jury for some petty robbery case.  I think she enjoyed the actual trial part of the experience but she certainly didn’t soak it in and enjoy it like I would if I get called.

I understand jury duty disrupts your normal schedule but are we really so tied to the everyday grind that we can’t break from it for a day or two.  Most people hate the daily grind anyway so why not embrace a little change? I completely understand how serving on a high-profile case that takes days or weeks could be problematic but taking a day to be on a jury for a day shouldn’t be anything to be worried about.

So finger crossed!  Hopefully when I make that call tonight I’ll be met with good news and tomorrow I’ll be able to tell you all about it!

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