Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Called to Serve?

Jim Curley has been summoned to jury duty, for which he must fill out a questionaire, giving answer to such absurd nosiness as: Have you displayed any bumper stickers on your automobile in the last twelve months? If yes, please list each bumper sticker.

After offering a hypothetical in which someone assaults a doctor about to perform an abortion in order to prevent said act of murder, and wondering whether said someone ought to be found guilty in a court of law, Mr. Curley finds question 45 the one most difficult to answer: Regardless of any opinion you may have concerning a particular law, would you be able to set aside your feelings and follow the law as stated by the judge? Interesting discussion.

4 comments:

Mama_T said...

Well, I guess my "She's a Child, Not a Choice" bumper sticker would keep me off the jury, huh?

William Luse said...

Depends on what the trial was all about. If some guy faced the death penalty, they'll find out from the questionaire or during voir dire (it might actually be spelled that way) that you're a Catholic, a Pope-lover, and deduce that you might be anti-death penalty. In which case they'd love you. If an abortion doctor were on trial for committing a post-natal abortion, you wouldn't stand a chance. But I'd put you on no matter what.

Keith R said...

The only bumper sticker I have says "The cafeteria is closed." I'd have to wrestle with the assault case, but my feelings concerning that particular law would not be set aside, and what the judge tells me wouldn't be the driving force in the decision.

William Luse said...

I'm with you, Keith.