Greetings good citizens
Have you ever been summoned for jury duty? In Philadelphia, the court is facing near 50 percent jury duty no-show rate. So now people who fail to show up for jury duty are issued arrest warrants.
This past summer I received my notice. To make a long story short, I spent an entire week as a juror, 2 days in deliberation. It was a very frustrating experience. Even with overwhelming physical and photographic evidence presented, some jurors in the jury room were unable to reach verdict on all the charges. Finally, after a heated discussion, the defendant was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on two of the charges.
As disappointed as I was with some of the jurors biased assumptions and prejudices, it gave me comfort to learn that the 50 year old defendant could spend at least 20 years in prison on those two counts on which he was found guilty.
And then it happened.
Three weeks later, our agency was invited to participate in a health fair at the county jail. Unbeknown to me, the defendant is being held there until his sentencing begins on October 13. I noticed him immediately, he is the biggest meanest looking guy in prison, and has an imposing bodybuilder's physique. I immediately notified a correctional officer. His response was, "don't worry, these guys are just muscle-bound giants with little pea brains on top".
Maybe the correction officer was right. The defendant is either a great actor or he's not playing with a full deck, our HIV/AIDS health fair table was barely visited by them.