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January 2, 2014

Reflections on Being Petit Juror #4

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It took two hours for guilty verdicts to be reached on all charges. The “smoking guns” were the incriminating text messages the defendant admitted sending and the handwritten house layout he made. I feel all of the jurors listened closely to the testimony and felt a great sense of responsibility to reach a fair and just verdict.

After the verdicts were read in court, Judge Delker joined us in the deliberation room. He thanked us for our service and asked if we had any questions. I asked him if New Hampshire allowed jurors to question the witnesses in the course of a trial. He said New Hampshire did allow questions from the jury but he personally had not had occasion to do so. He felt it would add significant time to a trial. He cited the recent Jodi Arias murder trial in Arizona where the jury submitted hundreds of questions that had to be reviewed, screened, and answered.

I left for the weekend only to return on the following Monday at 10:00 a.m. Two juries were selected for trials to be held that week. Many of the jurors from my trial the previous week were selected again. I was not selected for either case, and by noon my jury service was finished for at least the next three years. I felt it was a valuable experience and I would not hesitate to serve if I am called in the future.

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