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07/23/2010 01:00 AM

We the Jury...

LadyBunnie
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After 7 hours of deliberation, tears(not me) and lots of arguing back and forth found the defendant NOT guilty of the charge of Murder 2. Not Guilty of Battery in the 2nd degree and guilty of battery in the 3rd degree.

I kid you not this was the single most stressful thing I have EVER done in my life and hopefully will not be put in this position again. I got named "The Talker"... cause well I actually read the jury instructions and knew what we were supposed to be deciding on and using what evidence. Had some issues with some people getting emotionally involved... but we nipped that in the bud. At one point we felt we were hopelessly hung and were instructed to go back and keep trying. So in my calmest voice ever I went over all the facts one more time and drew out a timeline, which changed the mind of one that was holding out. The other after hearing what I said changed his mind and they all decided I needed to go into law. I think not. Thank you very much.

It is TOO STRESSFUL. And I am not fond of having someone's entire future and life in my hands. Anyway, got slightly pissed at being told to hush all the time, but ffs someone had to keep it going. And they were going over evidence that wasn't important! ARGH. That part was frustrating. We read the verdict around midnight after getting the case handed to us at 4pm, then figured out a sentence within a few minutes, by then we were tired and decided the guy needed to be punished for SOMETHING. FFS they were ALL guilty of being idiots.

I am pretty sure I downed about 6 xanax today and nearly passed out a few times. I have never been so stressed that it caused that many attacks right in a row. But its done and I learned stuff. Like... not everyone should be on juries. Especially people who get emotionally involved and couldn't be impartial. I also learned I could talk for 7 hours straight and still make sense. Though they all believed I talk too much. I had a valid opinion DAMN IT. AND I was the only one that took decent notes!

I tell ya though, in a deliberation setting, you really see a person's true personality. And I really had a panic attack reading the verdict. We were scared shitless of how all the families would react. It went ok. But we did have to be escorted out first before they could leave.

I think I might sleep for 3 days after I finally calm down tonight though.

Chandra~ 14 Panic~Nil

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07/23/2010 03:51 AM
Fidgetgirl



Post edited by: Fidgetgirl, at: 07/30/2010 05:41 AM

07/23/2010 05:04 AM
jmick
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Wow, I'm surprised they kept you there that late instead of moving on to the next day. Sounds like a crazy, interesting, experience that you'd only want to go through once. Great job!

07/23/2010 09:03 AM
SillyOMe
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Awesome Chandra! What a position to be put in huh? I can not believe you did it!!! Okay, I can.. good job!!!!

07/23/2010 09:47 AM
jstsIm
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I KNEW YOU could do it. Not I . I'm so damn proud of you ! HUGS AND A TICKLE

07/23/2010 09:55 AM
LIBBYZ
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Wow Chandra. I am impressed with how you used your brains and assertiveness on the jury. I was on a jury too, it IS very stressful!! Rest and recover Smile

07/23/2010 10:05 AM
PerryM
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Great job Chandra! You took on a big challenge and succeeded! Very proud of you! Smile

07/23/2010 12:24 PM
Anna321
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Chandra, I figured you would be perfect person for this job because of your sense of justice. I did anticipate it would be hard though. Having someone's future in your hands is a huge responsibility. You did it though. Talk about a post-agor test!!! LOL

07/23/2010 02:01 PM
LadyBunnie
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OMG talk about a test. There were several moments where I would get really panicked and just wanted to run. We were shut in this white room with nothing but old law books and a huge table. And really the most I got panicked was having to go out and read the verdict. We didn't know how the audience would respond and I was scared to death!

I kid you not I have never done anything like that and I don't ever want to do it again, but I am glad that I did for the experience.


07/23/2010 02:32 PM
slamm311
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OMG Chan I cannot ever imagine doing what you did. I'm impressed and proud of you Smile
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