Jury Selection

  1. As a court clerk I am well-versed in the
    jury-selection process. First, a computer randomly
    selects a few hundred citizens from the entire
    county to report for jury duty on a particular
    day. Then, another computer assigns 40 of those
    present to a courtroom. Then, the 40 names are
    placed in a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.
    During jury selection for one trial, the judge
    asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any
    reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.
    "There may be," he replied. "Juror No. 12 is
    my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I
    guarantee we would not be able to agree on
    anything."
    Both were excused.
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