[posted by Justin Levine]
Called in for jury duty today in a criminal case.
I am not one who advocates making up excuses so that you don’t have to serve on jury duty. Patterico’s job would be rather difficult if everyone did that.
I’d be happy to serve and honestly feel that I could be fair and objective. However, I do advocate truthfulness as a prospective when you are questioned by the judge and attorneys. One of the questions that all prospective jurors were asked was “Are you close with members of any law enforcement agency, or do you come in contact with them at work?” (Not the exact wording here – but that was the gist.)
I suppose I could have pulled a Clinton and parsed the words of the question enough to forget about mentioning the fact that I blog for a site that is operated by an Assistant D.A., but I thought that would be a form of deception in terms of what it was really trying to ask me.
As it turns out, blogging for a site such as this happens to encourage defense attorneys to use one of their peremptory challenges. Go figure! I got the impression that my writings on this site were more of an issue than the fact that I produce and AM radio talk show and worked with LAPD Chief Bill Bratton’s wife when she was a fill-in host for a short stint.
Oh well. I hope and trust that justice will be done in the case – whatever result that might ultimately turn out to be.