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Discussion: For those with a caffeine withdrawal problem....

in: Bash; Bash > 2016-08-04

Aug 5, 2016 8:15 PM # 
it can probably be solved with a small bottle of caffeine pills to take one at a time with each of those bottles of water that the kind attendant will bring you on request. At least it is a strictly legal drug addiction problem that you personally have to deal with!

I'm impressed by your ability to actually get empaneled on a jury so easily. The only time I have actually been accepted for a jury was the situation of a "grand jury", where they don't worry so much about bias, since it is really a test to see whether the prosecution side of things looks like being plausible, and they don't require a unanimous decision by such a jury anyway. That was kind of fun, but went on for one day a week for some months, and all told ate up quite a lot of time. Otherwise, once every three years or so when I again I become eligible for another "random" selection, it seems that I get to go in for a day or two amongst a pool of other potential jurors, and wait while they go through the selection process and pick a complete jury without ever getting to me, or occasionally get called up and rejected for reasons which have never been particularly apparent to me. Last time, about a year ago, things actually got much closer as I was selected for the jury, but about the time they finally got an entire jury selected, the defense lawyers finally got their defendant sufficiently worried about what was likely to happen in a trial so that he accepted the plea bargain they had provisionally negotiated earlier, so there was just an additional hour or two sitting around in the courtroom while we waited for some paperwork to get completed in a backroom before we could eventually be released.
Aug 5, 2016 8:28 PM # 
One of the jurors asked whether a plea bargain is still a possibility and the jury attendant said that anything is possible at any time!

Lots of people were rejected who seemed perfectly fine to me! I noticed that the lawyers watched intently during the period when the potential juror and defendant stood and looked at one another for about 15 seconds. A few times, I noticed a potential juror briefly smile or frown at the defendant before catching themselves, and those jurors were always rejected.
Aug 5, 2016 8:33 PM # 
P.S. Caffeine pills just aren't as much fun as coffee! Luckily, there are many coffee sources within a few minutes of the court building, and the jury attendant will also make coffee in the jury room - although I don't expect it to be top notch. Since we're each getting $100 a day toward our expenses, I can even afford Starbucks. ;)
Aug 5, 2016 8:37 PM # 
No coffee sounds bad enough. How about cookies?
Aug 5, 2016 9:17 PM # 
No food or drink in the courtroom, other than small amounts of water provided in styrofoam cups by the jury attendant. No water bottles allowed. In the jury room, there is a fridge and microwave but you aren't allowed to consume food there - only heat it up. It sounds like drinks are OK there but we'll have to wander around the court building on our lunch break to find a place where it's legal to eat a cookie.
Aug 5, 2016 10:29 PM # 
um, what crime did you commit to be denied coffee? Isn't there a constitutional amendment or international treaty for that?
Aug 5, 2016 11:55 PM # 
Wow better be an interesting case!!
Aug 6, 2016 12:19 AM # 
Other rules: I can't wear a hat or sunglasses on my head (not difficult), and my phone needs to be turned off - not just on vibrate. No talking allowed, of course. I can and should take notes. If a juror has an urgent bathroom break, the trial needs to stop. (See "No coffee" rule.)

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