01/19/2005: Jury pool from Hell
Right after jury selection began last week, one man got up and left, announcing, "I'm on morphine and I'm higher than a kite."
When the prosecutor asked if anyone had been convicted of a crime, a prospective juror said that he had been arrested and taken to a mental hospital after he almost shot his nephew. He said he was provoked because his nephew just would not come out from under the bed.
Another would-be juror said he had had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer. "I should have known something was up," he said. "She had all her teeth."
Another prospect volunteered he probably should not be on the jury: "In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin (as your lawyer), you're probably guilty." He was not chosen.
Disclaimer: Dark Bilious Vapors does not agree with the last prospective juror. Mr. Ballin's clients, like all criminal defendants, are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
(þ Alex Knapp.)
Brock on 01.19.05 @ 08:12 PM CST