. . . from jury duty, but not before witnessing this exchange between the judge and a recent graduate from law school.
Judge: Can you be a fair and impartial juror on this case?
Potential Juror: No.
Judge: Why not?
Potential Juror: Because I’m against crime.
Now I would have followed up with: “What law school did you go to, and did you use a dial-up or broadband connection to access your courses?”
Instead, the judge patiently tried to explain to the law school graduate that we were all against crime, that no one was for crime, and that her objection was irrelevant. She persisted, and so was excused. I swear the court stenographer tried to trip her as she left the jury box . . .
I came this close (my thumb and forefinger are an eighth of an inch apart) to being selected for one particular jury—until I asked about jury nullification and the possibility of the case being referred to the Star Chamber.
I was physically escorted from the courtroom.