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I have stories I want to tell -- more of that memoir, creative non-fiction stuff I write -- but for now, I just have the time and energy to write about moments I don't want to forget.
The response from companies to increased safety regulations was also sickeningly familiar -- these new regulations would cost too much money. They would force the prices of goods up to the point that they would destroy the economy. Surely, was the implicit message, these few lost lives (in the grand scheme of monocles and yachts for the company owners) were a worthwhile price to pay for cheap goods and increased profits.
It's all about the money.
I was trying to answer this poll question and looking back to five years ago.
So where was I?
I believe in the jury system, especially by comparison with the alternatives: the state should not have the power to punish a man on its own whim, on the judgment of someone who draws his paycheck from the state. It's not perfect; jurys are flawed, because they consist of humans, and humans are flawed; but better the flaws of a dozen sitting in judgment than the flaws of one.
Jury duty is, in my mind, something of a sacred duty: an obligation we have to one another, to accept the call when issued, and to listen with open mind, and hear the evidence from both sides, and hold the prosecution to their duty. I have never, would never try to get out of jury duty; I get irritated at those who do. Sure, it's an interruption, a diversion from your normal life; a pull away from what you want to do into what you have to do, paid poorly if at all. I understand that missing work can be a financial hardship, but absent a real hardship, I think trying to get out of jury duty is a betrayal of a fundamental duty of citizenship.
What I haven't understood, at least not emotionally, is that service on some juries carries with it a cost beyond the cost of time and money involved; some cases inflict a psychic, emotional cost on the jurors hearing the case: that even listening to the evidence and trying to judge it honestly and dispassionately hurts, and strikes the jurors deep in their souls.
I was sworn in as an alternate juror on November 18 in the case of a man who was charged with fourteeen counts of conducting molesting three minors under the age of 14 over a period of sixteen years.
WARNING: This diary is explicit. This diary is not safe for work. You have been warned.
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Monday April 30th
- thinking about food security (31 comments)
Thursday December 22nd
- To those that give (8 comments)
Thursday November 10th
- In Memoriam (9 comments)
Tuesday August 23rd
- Eight days (30 comments)
Saturday August 13th
- Thoughts on the riots (26 comments)
Monday August 1st
- On the way between there and here. (6 comments)
Wednesday July 6th
- So where was I? (12 comments)
Friday July 1st
- Automatic Asshole Correction (15 comments)
Sunday May 22nd
- We owe it to each other to tell stories. (10 comments)
Monday May 9th
- There was, once. (21 comments)