Zia Nuray (zianuray) wrote,
Zia Nuray

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"Jury of your Peers"

What does that mean, exactly?  I've been on jury duty twice (both civil cases), and there was such a disparate mix of people on each panel that we were not each others' peers, nor peers of the people in the case, except for being over 18 and American citizens by birth.

In one case, the appellant was a college professor just shy of tenure; his wife did not pull a paycheck but cared for the house and children.

No-one on the jury had more than an associate's degree (and that was me).  Three of the jurors had not had children yet; most were either retired or blue-collar.

Several needed very simple terms like "accelerant" explained. 

Is that all that's needed for me to be considered to have experience and understanding equal to a business mogul or a stay-at-home parent, just be over 21 and a citizen?
  There is no WAY I could understand the responsibilities and experiences of either person. 

I'd want people on my jury who could understand me without my having to explain or dumb-down my answers, I'd want people who had raised a child alone while working, who have been out of work a time or two and scared about it, maybe who had been on AFDC or foodstamps and got off the dole as soon as possible.  I'd want someone who had worked with their hands and gone to school outside work hours and lost sleep to get homework done and people who went more by how I try to live than by whether I go to their church.  If I am ever party to a case involving religion (more likely than you might think), there is no WAY I would get a "fair trial" in Greene or Lawrence county.  Some of the local cops in Aurora make warding signs when they think I'm not looking, like their great-grandparents might have done!  At least they're respectful to my face.
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