The world is not full of mindless morons!
I served jury duty
last week. Three days in the world's most uncomfortable chairs probably gave
me more respect for fellow man than I've had in a long, long time.
After hearing about
such injustices as that old biddy who got awarded millions for burning herself
on McDonald's coffee, I was not looking forward to serving on a jury. I was
hoping I'd get dismissed for any reason, from my gothish jet black hair, to
having had law firms as web clients, to my husband having worked as a private
investigator. But now, I'm glad I was put on a trial. (And even more glad I
wasn't picked for another case I heard about... one that was going to last at
least three weeks!)
any details of the case, the plaintiff had been in a minor car accident six
years ago, and was claiming that this accident left him permenantly disabled.
Nevermind that he didn't want the police or ambulance called at the accident
scene. Nevermind that went back to work days after the accident. Nevermind that
he had a work accident one month after the car accident. Nevermind that when
he did leave his job, it was for family leave, not medical leave. Nevermind
that he had other health problems that would also render him disabled. Nope.
All his problems stemmed from one tiny little accident, and he thought he should
get almost half a million dollars for it.
I was worried that
some of the older members of our jury would be more sympathetic to this man's
plight. Even being the callous bitch I am, I felt sorry for him. His life truly
sucked. But I didn't think any significant or permenant health problems were
caused by that accident. But maybe that was just my take...
The second we went
to deliberate, one of the older jurors said, "I don't want to give him
anything." After a half-hour bitch-session that this guy made us sit through
three god-awful boring days of testimony and depositions over such a petty incident,
we all agreed. He go nothing.
It felt goooood.