Due process

The Sixth Amendment and Jury Duty

Jury Duty - How do you feel about being called?

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, . . . .
— an excerpt from the Sixth Amendment

I have always loved being called for Jury Duty.

The process is fascinating and the experience exhilarating. 

For years, I was in a loop and was called frequently for State Jury Duty.  Only once did I make it from the Jury pool room to the courtroom of a criminal trial.  Any hopes I had of being selected for this trial were eliminated when we, the prospective jurors, were told about the case - a drug deal involving a sale of cocaine to an undercover police officer. 

When the judge got to me, I told him I did not think I could be impartial!  That was an understatement: I was sure I could not be impartial.  That was the last time I made it to the courtroom for Jury Duty.

Watching the Steven Avery series recently got me refocused on our Constitutional right to due process. 

Perhaps you'll look forward to the next notice of Jury Duty you receive in the mail and to the contribution you can make to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America in this critical way.  I know I will.