“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.America