The process....the monotony
While waiting for assignment, we witness jury selection for a shoplifting case. Both prosecution and defense have an opportunity to question potential jurors to determine background and whether having a particular person sit on the jury will be helpful or harmful to their case.
This process is very time consuming.
I can only imagine how long it must take to chose jurors for something more serious such as rape or murder, or anything that might be more emotionally involving than shoplifting.
Watching the jury selection process, you see 14 people file into the court room, passing the defense and prosecution tables. I'd love to see someone, as they pass in front of the defendant, stare him down, saying either: "I know what you did" or "guilty". I'm wondering how long the decision to remove that person from the jury would take. I'm also wondering how freaked out the defendant would be. Talk about lightening the mood for the rest of us, though!