So I was thinking.
Studying to be a court reporter and all (criminal, ir you cared), and I haven't really spent any time in a court room. I went once in highschool with an attourny to job shadow back when I thought *THAT* might be a good idea. Closest I've gotten in the interveening years was going for a police ride-along courtesy of Civics.
Such fond memories:
- The woman who experienced the loss of a ceramic toad planter the size of a basketball off of her front porch
- The discovery of a stolen car, but no one had a finger printing kit in their car (3 cars people--3 whole cars!)
- Shown an area of the city I had always thought pleasant and told that if you wanted to swap drugs or have gay sex, that was where you went
- Slapping the siren on and racing though town to get to the scene of "shots fired"....wasn't allowed out of the car tho *pout*
Only other brushes with the judicial system include watching crime dramas (Criminal Minds, Wire in the Blood, etc) and hearing people tell me how they talked their way out of a traffic ticket. Being a basically law-abiding citizen though (mostly don't want to deal with the consequences), I usually end up thinking "Well, you *were* doing 80 in a 60 mph zone because you spent too long on your hair this morning, so I'm kind of with the law on this one."
The point is that I would love to be called up for jury duty. Problems that I have and would prob try to mention to the judge:
- I could loose my financial aide with the amount of days I would be missing.
- I just started an hourly job, which will be my only source of income. I can't afford it.
- I'm a court reporting student. I'd be too busy watching court procedure, what the court reporter is doing, and thinking of the entire proceedings in steno, which means I won't be able to pay attention to the content. I mean, I caught myself doing that last Sunday halfway through the sermon on Acts.
- None of the above
Aaaand....reasons that the judge will probably allow:
(4) None of the above.
Plan for gettin' a little court action without the dangers?
As Thanksgiving rolls around, I get a week off. I plan on sitting in on the local courtroom for at least one of those days.2
Any interesting brushes with the law out in blog-o-land? Or purely theoretical things that may have happened to a friend of a friend? :P