As I mentioned Wednesday, I was supposed to have a trial next week but because we pled the case out, the trial was canceled.
When that happens I take a deep breath to relax before being reminded that 60 citizens of Travis County are still planning on fighting their way into downtown Austin on the coming Monday, finding parking somewhere in a twelve-block radius, and then marching into court for a long day of not being chosen for anything.
So, when we plead out a case the week before trial, the ADAs and Judge Lynch's court coordinator Melissa divide up the jury list and spend time calling the jurors and letting them know they are not needed, that they can have their Monday (and maybe their week) back.
That's what I did yesterday, and every time I do it I am amazed at how relieved jurors sound. If I make twenty calls, maybe two people will express disappointment whereas most are happy, and some are downright ecstatic.
I've posted before about why jurors may not like serving, so that's not my issue today. Today I just want you to click on the poll and tell me if you yourself would mind showing up for jury selection, and then serving on the final jury.
Be honest - most people would like to do it in theory, but imagine you are actually faced with the trek into court on Monday, your life potentially on hold for a week. Too much of a pain? This is an anonymous poll, so Civil Responsibility points will not be deducted from the secret DA files we have on all of you. Oh wait, maybe that's supposed to be a secret...