Done with jury duty
I'm officially done with jury duty. I got sent home without even being questioned. Unlike a lot of places, New York only makes you sit around for one day. If you haven't been assigned to a trial by the end of day one, you're off the hook.
The best part about jury duty is the introductory video. The video begins with an A&E-style montage on the history of juries. According to the voiceover, the ancient Greeks invented the jury. Then, the ancient Romans did away with jury trials--cut to Jesus in his crown of thorns. I guess that's a good way of illustrating what can go wrong without a jury trial. Then we see some more pictures of water torture and swords and stuff from the pre-jury days. Finally, Charlemagne invents the jury. Then Diane Sawyer explains we shouldn't feel bad if we spend all day in the waiting room because sitting in the waiting room is an important way of participating in the criminal justice system. That's because there are disputants in courtrooms throughout the building who are negotiating better because they know alert citizens are on call, poised to become jurors at any moment.