Dam dam dam! Tired of this crap! Ok got that off my chest. I had been called for jury duty on Sept. 29th, which is tomorrow. This is the third time since March for the same related case (others tied to the case) I was able to get dismissed, for the first trial, which was slated For March 3rd, but was cancelled and reset for March 17th. On that day I reported and was able to be dismissed, as I couldn't get back up for work for a case that was, as we were all told, would last for approximately 3 weeks.( murder case) Nor could I afford to be out that lenght of time. Come June I recieved another notice. I was summoned, to appear again, (for the same case) on June 30th. Guess what? That was cancelled too, after making arrangements in work, for back-up and what have you. Well here comes early Sept, and once again I am summoned for Jury duty, on Sept 29th. (yes same case) I call the number (which I now know by heart. wonder why?) and it was cancelled, yet again! For Tues Sept 30th. Tomorrow I am to call that all too familar number, to make sure that it hasn't been changed once more.
This murder case, has been ongoing since March. The murder took place in another county(as to why it ended up in this county I don't know for sure), and through investigations, it was revealed that several people par-took in the murder in various ways. The man who was, suppose to have committed the actual murder has been tried and convicted. The two as I understand it, that are tied to the murder are the ones, that this trial is to be for, their lawyers, have been trying in vain to have the case relocated, to another county, hence my guess all the cancellations. This case is well known in the area, as it has had much publicity, in the news and local papers. Not too mention the previous juriors, who have been seated for the oringinal trial, which resulted in a conviction. Two life sentences, and no chance of parole. The remaining indiviuals were able to have thier lawyers, get thier cases tried separately. (the reason for the continuing calling up of prospective jurors) Much of the gory facts have been relayed in the press. It was a horrific crime. Something that is rarely seen in a rural area.
The county judge, in which this trial is to be held, has already, been quoted, in the papers, as denieing, these two defendents, the opportunity, for the trial to be held in a nieghboring county. What the hold-up now is, my guess, they (the defense attorneys) are still trying to sway that decision, and wish to still have it, held elsewhere. They cite that the jury pool, has been contaminated (because of the first trial) and that because this has been ongoing the jury pool, has been exhausted, due the small population of the county (roughly 4,000 people reside, in Hickman county) Many of them have already been dismissed previously, in the oringinal trial.
My rant if you will is simply this, first off I have to agree with the defense, the jury pool in this area, has in some sense been contaminated. Too many people in this area, have knowledge of the case and predisposed opinions. Much of what transpired in the first trial has been discussed in lenght among many in the area, by the jurors who sat in on the first trial. This is a small county in the country, and word travels fast. Too many of us, have already been through a slew of cancellations for this, and cannot continue to put our jobs or buisnesses at stake. Those on disability, for the most part, if called again most likely will be dismissed once more. So whats left? I think the judge is hoping to bring revenue to the area again, as was with the first trial. The nearby resturants made a good buck. Our area was in the news. But reality is there. It should be, relocated, and a few here agree on this. I for one am tired of having to make arrangements in work, and having others have thier schedules rearranged, so as I may, be able, to go.
Well tomorrow, I will call that number again, and listen to that blasted automated voice tell me, weather to be there, or it has been cancelled again. I just wish they would make up their dam minds!