Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I've just finished two days of jury duty in Riverhead. I was grilled and processed but ultimately not chosen. They chose 6 out of a pool of about 150 to complete a jury for this criminal case and it took two whole days.It's quite interesting to see how the system works, and courts are necessary, but the overall effect is depressing--so many sad stories, so much violent behavior brought to task, such stern surroundings, bars, security checks, windowless jury rooms, bright people making their living on other people's crime. Give me a library to work in and a forest to walk in and I'll happily do without the courthouse and all its troubles.