|Done Did My Duty|
January 9, 2008
I had to serve on jury duty last night. At least it was Town Court, and not county (which would have meant wasting an entire day, and having to get a ride downtown). Town Court is next door to the library, and since it convened at 5:30, I worked my regular hours first.
The trial was a criminal one. A DWI. The defendant was a young man, probably college-age. I was called to be interviewed as a juror, and then excused. I was glad to go. There is no way I could've been impartial at that trial.
I lost my best friend to alcoholism.
I have very strong feelings about drinking and driving. I think anyone who does should be punished severely enough the first time, that there is never a second time.
I'm also realistic enough to know that no amount of punishment will deter some people, and that if someone is an alcoholic, there's not much that can be done, until/unless that person WANTS help. And even then, it's a helluva hard road.
I hope that the young man who was on trial made one stupid mistake. I hope that, regardless of whether he was acquitted or convicted, he learned enough to never drink and drive again. And if he has a more serious problem, that the trial gave him the wake-up call he needed to get some help.
I'm just glad I didn't have to be one of the jurors who had to decide.