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Sep. 17th, 2016 | 09:23 pm

At least the courthouse smells nice.

My tour of jury duty ended up being a bit rough. The jury service machine is well-oiled and the Superior Court staff were sufficiently able to keep the jury lounge of ~300 or so people summoned from becoming a melee, but it certainly was not just one day. I should have listed more reasons why I was biased/unfit to be a responsible citizen/a hologram. After checking in and receiving my nine-digit number on Monday morning, I sat around in the lounge with my laptop soaking up the wifi, until I was called into a courtroom after about two hours. And there (plus the adjacent jury deliberation room) I remained through the rest of Monday as I was chosen for a trial, as well as all day Tuesday and half of Wednesday. The rough part was that there was little indication how long it would go on, so I had to keep telling my Boss day by day of my status. I did miss a lot of meetings where I never wanted to be a participant in the first place, at least?

The courthouse building itself has been renovated and is spacious and lovely, which is a nice change of pace. I spent some of high school in a Teen Court* club, and my home courthouse was cramped and old and smelled like moldy paper. DC's was blasting the air conditioning way too high, though, so I specifically donned warm clothing and thick socks after the first day.

The only exception to the loveliness is the Firehook Bakery in the courthouse basement. It's the only eatery in this enormous building that must have 1,000+ people inside every weekday, and is the most depressing place I've seen in a while. Why go out and enjoy the many lunch options of downtown DC when you can stay in a windowless room and eat your pre-wrapped sandwich next to multiple people crying? Needless to say, I only went there once and didn't stick around after my purchase.

Anyhow, major kudos to the people that work in this building because I don't think I could handle keeping the wheels of justice turning every day.

In other news, I re-upped my paid account once again after skating by with the free account for a few months. All of my nutty icons are back!

*I don't know if this exists outside the States, but basically Teen Court allows young offenders to get minor offenses scrubbed from permanent records if they agree to be tried by their peers and successfully complete the community service or whatever other "sentence" results.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Sep. 18th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
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if we had a teen court here (i don't think we do), i might've allowed myself to get into a little more trouble. ;)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 21st, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
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It seemed to be the preferred strategy in my hometown, because I had to try multiple classmates over two years (I was a prosecutor). :/

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Sep. 21st, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
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ever order a trial by combat? ;)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 24th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Wasn't on the menu of available options. ;)

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