Archive for January, 2011

Trial by jury – a retirees account

Posted on January 17, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Our right to a trial by jury is one of our most important constitutional rights. In our state superior court, I was Juror #5. There were 6 men and 6 women and 4 alternates chosen to sit at trial. They included a banker, postal carrier, teacher, nurse, realtor, medical technician, retired persons and others. Young and old. “How will this work” I thought.

“Do NOT discuss this case with each other or anyone else” commanded the Judge. We all listened carefully to testimony and evidence presented in the courtroom for more than 6 weeks, taking copious notes.

When we were eventually excused to the jury room to decide multiple verdicts, and where our conversations had been limited to weather and sports, I found the predominantly younger jurors were smart, focused, well organized, passionate and articulate. Of course we had our debates! But we operated like a team.

We delivered the verdicts, and returned to our jury room….

Then, we cried.

Men and women, young and old.

Our service in the administration of justice to the people of our state exceeded our individual strengths, made us a family of citizens and worked very well indeed!

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This is my take; part V

Posted on January 3, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Excerpts from some of my favorite blogs by Linda on CRESCENTgcm:

  • On inspiration:
    • The gentleman living next door is ninety two years young. He wears no glasses. He grows a garden, drives his car, takes his young great-granddaughters to school and back every day, takes NO medications, climbs on his roof to display the American flag. He thanks God every day for his blessings, and misses his wife immeasurably every day.
  • On retirement:
    • I enjoyed the life of being and having, but focus now on volunteering. I get back so much more than I give.
  • Just a funny:
    • Dear Holly – I recently went in to see my doctor for a check-up. He says for my height and age I should be 119 pounds! That’s ridiculous! If I caught a flu, I couldn’t survive! I’d end up frail and weak, disabled and dependent……..I need to find a doctor my age.

**Linda is a freelance writer from Puyallup, Washington. She is a multi-tasking, experienced, fun-loving grandmother of five. With 48 years of marriage under her belt & going strong, and raising 3 brilliant children….”this is her take”. Look for more to come from Linda.

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