Comments: Some Women Grate

So, Law inforcement are not "regular people"? What kind of people are they?
If they are not regular people, what other groups are not regular people?
Are lawyers and judges regular people? (yeah, I know all the lawyer jokes - been married to one for like a bazillian years, and hell no they are not normal - but then just like everyone else, no two are alike so...)
Are doctors regular people? How about rocket scientists? IT/computer geeks, are they regular people? Are musicians regular people? Artists? Actors (NO!)? Politicians (anyone holding elected office)? How about teenagers? are they regular? Old folks? I understand they tend to have some problems with regularity...
Are those people who sit all day in toll booths breathing exhaust fumes regular? What about the guys with the stop/slow signs on the road construction crew? The lady behind the glass slidy window in the doctor's office, the one who holds the fate of your day's schedule in her hands, yeah her - is she regular?
Is regular the same as normal? What is normal...

Posted by patti at December 3, 2009 08:27 AM

Now you know why I bring a copy of "Crime and Punishment" with me to read while I wait voir dire.

Posted by The Thomas at December 3, 2009 08:58 AM

Patti: I could be wrong, but I think by "regular" people vs. police officers, they were simply asking if Bou would automatically believe the government's evidence or testimony more than she would the defense's.

Posted by George P at December 3, 2009 11:18 AM

I was taking exception to the idea that police are not regular people - cause yeah, I know a few too and the ones I know are a)good folks, b)took that oath, c)take their role as protectors seriously, and d)are regular people
However, as in any population there are good regular people and not so good regular people. There are cops that do their damndest to do a good job, and there are cops that are on a power trip.
At the end of the day, Bou has the perfect attitude for a juror and our system would be well served if all jurors had a "facts ma'm, just the facts" attitude. But I'm sure Bou was not displeased not to have to spend more time observing our court system in all its frustrating glory. Even if a bit curious about the facts of the case at hand...

Posted by patti at December 3, 2009 11:45 AM

As a fellow female engineer, I have been there as well. I once was called for Jury duty, and it was a murder trial. They had a pretty large pool of jurors and for the first 30 minutes they paraded us in and out to seat us to get the right mix. After the first seating where I was maybe juror candidate 25 (first quartile), I found myself moved consistently to the last three. And coincidentally (or not, snort), those last three people were a lawyer, another engineer (from a big oil company) and me... For several rounds.

Why no, I did not get seated, why do you ask?

Now that I am a manager with no retained engineering skills, I wonder if I would make the cut... Hmmmm....

Posted by jck at December 3, 2009 12:57 PM

As the programmer for a major bank and also at an insurance company while consulting it was just a PITA to show up. I had to be there for 3 panel seatings before I could go home. As soon as they found what I did I was excused every damned time and every damned time I had to stick around until they have gone through this mess 3 times. I have never had to serve yet. I wonder if I would get chosen now that I am retired.

Posted by dick at December 3, 2009 10:14 PM

"Regular people" is a very poor wording, but I guess it's too much trouble to use a better description of non-law enforcement people and the attorney figures everyone will get the drift.

Yes, I get the drift, but it grates.

I so get the whole migraine thing, that's awful. I can actually feel how bad it was sitting here reading your description.

I was able to skip jury duty when my kids were young. I keep waiting for a summons again. In the Chicago area I only got one summons in the 24 years. It's very odd.

Now that you repeated your Q/A I'll have to think about the questions they asked you. I have to think up a title for my job since we don't have titles and I do many things. LOL.

Also, I'm trying to think if I know anyone in law enforcement - lawyers yes, police... don't know. No one comes immediately to mind, but that doesn't mean I'm not forgetting someone. Heh.

Posted by Teresa at December 4, 2009 11:46 AM

Bou - All the other professional women have figgered out how to get out of jury duty.

Posted by Denny at December 6, 2009 05:18 PM