Jury Duty


I was seated in a criminal jury panel in Charlotte, in a case of felony gun ownership to be proved by constructive possession.  The prosecutor asked me these questions:

Do I know any police officers? (Yes: I practiced Aikido with some in New York.  No: I didn’t socialize with them off the mat.)

What kind of law does my wife practice? (Matrimonial and litigation, in New York.  No, not in North Carolina, she is not in the bar.)

Have I ever been in this courthouse? (Yes, to pay a speeding ticket.)

Who gave me the ticket, state police or CMPD? (Neither, my local town police.)

Was I treated unfairly?  (No, I was going fast.)

How was the case disposed? (I hired a good lawyer and she pled it down to Improper Equipment.)

I asked one question: “Can you please repeat the definition of constructive possession?  Does that mean in the house or lent to another person under control of this person?” (Yes, like that.)

Two ladies next to me confessed to owning guns: An AR-15 and two pistols each.  One used to be military police. The other was a local town cop.  The former MP, who was covered in tattoos and was once kept in jail over a dispute over jewelry with her mother, and another woman who had a vacation coming up in a few days, and I were recused under peremptory challenge by the prosecutor.  (The woman with vacation was denied recusal for cause by the judge and then given it by the prosecutor.)

When you look up peremptory challenge, most discussion is about recusal due to race. In this case, the prosecutor was a black woman, the defendant was a black man, and I am white.  So I don’t consider race an issue.  The MP was recused clearly because of unpleasant experience with the court system.  Why was I recused?  According to this article, probably I was too verbal.

Here are a couple of funny videos on jury duty (note: I wasn’t trying to get out of jury duty; I was just being myself):

One thought on “Jury Duty

  1. I was juror number one in a tawdry felonious tale and I was the first strike. I was a simple out because I’d had someone prosecuted before. He didn’t have to use a freebie because I was in corporate mgmt. The good looking EMS lady that made the papers was a strike because she was familiar with the crime scene. The strike group shared an elevator on the way out.


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