Despite the great views of downtown Cleveland, there was jury business to tend to.
During the jury breaks, it is always nice to see the new construction.
Deliberation was held in a sequestered room. Not really fancy stuff, but it allows for open conversation amongst all jurors.
And if you were wondering, yes we might need a J.
The jury rendered verdicts on four different charges
1. Not guilty.
2. Not guilty.
3. Not guilty.
After the trial was over, Judge Sheehan brought us up to his quarters and answered questions from the jury. That was great because jurors often have questions they cannot ask in court.
What have I learned?
- The process is in place for a reason.
- Jury duty is real.
- Lots of moving parts in the court system.
- Real court is nothing like what’s on TV or in movies.
- Cases aren’t as clear-cut as you think.
- Small details make a big difference.
- If you are summoned to serve jury duty, you should do it.
When you serve your civic duty, I hope you learn a lot too.
Now nothing to be afraid of or worried about.
Special thanks to Cuyahoga County Judge Brendan Sheehan and Cuyahoga County PIO Darren Toms for the additional information.
I’d serve on jury duty again.