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Jury Duty, Round 2

Posted Friday, June 26, 2009, at 12:33 PM

It is very odd....but after living in southern California for just barely 6 years, I have been summoned for jury duty two times now. The first time I was excused due to my work but this time, I have yet to be excused. This time I am going into my second day of jury selection for a murder trial. I have no work to excuse me this time around and man oh man, I sure wish I did.

The case involves murders that are gang related. The accused are charged with a drive by shooting that to my understanding resulted in the death of 4 people. The accused are young kids, I guess around the age of my son, 20 or so. Unlike others who are in my shoes, I have really no bias, I have never been involved in any kind of violent crimes nor do I know of anyone who has. I do not resent LA Law enforcement or have any negative feelings towards them. I do believe in the legal system, knowing it is not perfect but it's the law we have to work within. I do believe that all accused are innocent until proven guilty. And I do believe I can hold to these expectations and do my civic duty. Do I want to be on that jury.....NO WAY, but that is not enough for the judge to dismiss me. I can't imagine any of us wanting to serve on this jury. I know it will be a brutal experience.

I guess the most painful part of all this, has been looking into the eyes of a mother who's son is charged with these crimes. It was sadness that I cannot possible describe, a pain that was enough to make me try to catch my breath, like after being hit in the stomach really hard. It was like looking into the eyes of death. A living death, some would say. My heart broke for this mother. I guess it is a 'mother' thing, seeing another mother who loves her child so very much, who had great hopes and expectations but who found out the world has other plans for her child and I am sure she is wishing she could have lived somewhere else where the word 'gang' is just something that happens elsewhere, in another part of the world. I am sure many things have gone through her mind, what went wrong, how could this have happened to my son, is it my fault?

I have no preconceived notions, no foregone conclusions regarding the crimes but I do feel a responsibility of prayer for the fathers and mothers of these children. It's more of a conviction that they need prayers of comfort and God only knows how to do that, I haven't a clue as how to possible comfort someone in their shoes carrying this heavy load. But, one thing I do know is that our heavenly Father can do what we cannot. If you agree, please pray for the parents of these children who are in such serious trouble. God help us, and may God help them. Amen.

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As a prospective juror for this case, do you find it appropriate to be commenting publically on the particulars?

-- Posted by Lived There Once on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:06 PM

The judge did NOT ask us NOT to speak to anyone about this, but that direct order does come after a jury panel is selected, but not at this time. I'm ok!! Thanks for asking.

-- Posted by cbhine on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 6:35 PM

Also, my comments are just the facts regarding the case. The opinions I wrote concerning the mom, were just my own, which have nothing to do with the case. Believe you me, I am a law abiding citizen and would never do or say anything that would compromise or be in violation of the court.

-- Posted by cbhine on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 6:40 PM

good luck!!! I would have to be excused, because I HAVE confirmed thoughts on ANY gang related murder. But in SOCA, well IF he is convicted, he will be back on the streets in no time since CA can't afford to keep the prisons running. I miss the SOCA I grew up in, but not what it has become. I will continue to VISIT, but would NEVER consider living there again.

I really HATE traffic LOL

-- Posted by myheart on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 6:37 PM

I was thanked and excused!!! You can't even imagine how happy I am to not be sitting on that jury day in and day out hearing the gory details of the premediated murders. You are right about the release of prisoners. They do end up doing about half their time,and are out on the streets. Not sure about a convicted murderer but others who are sent to jail are out quick. I did some research to see how many murders by gangs are on record in Pomona, which is where these murders occurred. Oh MY Gosh! I nearly fainted, there are multiple drive by's each day, all or most gang related, and many times the gang members shoot the wrong people...by accident. Fathers, mothers young children, is just unbelieveble. I have also been told the jury members on this trial are being excorted to their cars each afternoon when they are excused for the day. Security was very high even when I was on the potential jury panel. I equate it to the highest level of security you would experience at the airport. Officers with guns everywhere....I am still a bit freaked out by the entire experience.

I have heard some say that we have a war right here in the United States, that is correct....Its gangs out of control killing innocent people ruining peoples lives, maybe its not the taliban, but its just as deadly and on the rise growing out of control. Some body in Washington needs to wake up and get a clue. One women who was a potential juror had been kidnapped and raped by gang members. And she has lived to tell about it.........

-- Posted by cbhine on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 10:53 PM

Six shot dead in Chicago in one day. Couple days ago, seven youths were shot at a school bus stop in Detroit.



"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell.

-- Posted by Lived There Once on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 6:46 PM

My husband David is now serving as a juror, and although he cannot discuss the trial with me, he comes in from it needing 2 hours to decompress and a bad headache. It must be bad!!!!!

-- Posted by cbhine on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 11:17 PM

I have been there and it is so hard on a person. but we have to try to do or best. God bless you.

-- Posted by arthur harvey on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 8:33 PM

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