Freedom Isn’t Free

55 4 mins 14 yrs

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

–Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. President

I’ll be honest.  I started my jury service with a very bad attitude. Randomly selected, I was instructed to be physically present in the jury room at one of LA’s least attractive courthouses by 8 o’clock on Monday morning.

Plucked from my daily routine, I fought morning “rush hour” traffic on 2 different freeways on that first day, and then was forced to find street parking due to woefully inadequate courthouse parking.  With only minutes to spare, I found a parking spot on a side street under a freeway pass, and I risked life and limb to cross in front of the busy on-ramp traffic.  After hurrying into the square, graceless building, I found myself standing in a long line for a weapons search.