Yeah, someone obviously missed the memo that I can't leave my house.
I find it so funny that the world keeps turning and I'm not on some grand list informing people that I'm not turning with it. But since that list doesn't seem to exist, for the first time in my life I've been summoned to jury duty!
I obviously sent in a letter from my doctor explaining that jury duty and I wouldn't get along so well, and am assuming that I'll be excused from the process. But getting the summons got me thinking and I realized that even if I was fully healthy and capable:
I'd be the worst juror in the world.
Seriously. The thought of passing judgement on someone beyond a reasonable doubt... I don't think I'm decisive enough. I have watched WAY too many procedural dramas and movies (The Fugitive, anyone?) where people were wrongly convicted or the DNA gets mixed up at the lab or, let's face it, witnesses lie on the stand.
On the other hand, if I was on a jury where someone hurt a child, I would convict them without even hearing the evidence for fear that if we were wrong and freed a guilty person then we could put another innocent child in danger.
See my problem? It's called an imagination and mine would work overtime. That whole "based in fact" thing? I would be sitting in the jury box wondering about the entire life stories of all the key players and trying to figure out their motivations. For crying out loud, I try to analyze my dog's behavior on a regular basis and he can't even talk back when I cross examine him. (Although he can certainly throw me a lot of attitude.)
So I'm a little relieved that I'll be sticking with Law & Order on television instead of the real-life version. I've been over the moon about the fact that fall shows are finally premiering and there is something to watch other than reality television... but I think it's better that I'm not a part of any sort of courtroom drama in real life.