Well the trial is over. It took a full three weeks. We ended last Friday about 5pm. I have to say it was an experience and one that I will not soon forget. I will give a brief overview at the end of this post……
The weekend was still rainy but yesterday and today I was able to ride……how wonderful Was that. Greg I saw your question on CG and I’m totally with you. Ride Out Side….it will clear your head. I am having some difficulties in getting back into my own head space and a ride in the fresh air is just what I need.
Red…I know is the assignment.
First just let me say that I am so thankful for my life. Being inside a county court house (with a county as large as Monterey) for three full weeks you see that many are not as fortunate. I totally realize that many are there because of bad decisions on their part but/and you also see that our country has a lot of folks that are stuck in a life that is a part of larger issues. Poverty, institutionalized racism, generational family trauma just to name a few.
It was also somewhat comforting in this time of such discord in our county to see the system really working at giving someone their right to a fair trail. You can’t help but have a feeling of pride in our system and hope that we are able to hold on to all that we have.
This was probably the one case you do not want to sit on. It was a 1st degree murder trial with gun and gang enhancements. This was not a death penalty case. Thankfully as it was a big enough decision to make w/o that. I have to say that my fellow jurors and I worked well together (no jerks). Asked a lot of questions, re-listened to testimony, watched and rewatched video and came to a unanimous decision that the defendant was guilty and with all the enhanced charges. Believe me when I say that participation in this is nothing like TV. It’s real, raw and no one on either side will ever be the same again. It’s truly life altering for all…..including the jury.
We the jury had to be led down the back stairs and escorted to our cars before they would let anyone out of the courtroom. That alone has been just a bit unsettling the last few days but with time and more time on Surly Girl I’ll be fine………I did find out the last day that if you’re over 70 you could just write on your form your age and that you feel it would be a hardship…….why didn’t anyone tell me this three weeks ago. Oh well, go out there and be a good citizen if you can. It’s an experience. But between you and me I’d rather be on my bike.