That’s right. Yours truly is in one. For my international readers, a Grand Jury, here in the States, isn’t the Jury that presides over a trial of someone accused of a crime. Rather, it is a Jury that listens to a summary of the Prosecution’s case and decides if there’s enough prosecutorial evidence to warrant a trial. And they do this over and over. And over. And over. And over again. For a whole lot of cases each in a day. It’s fair to say that the Grand Jury is giving a “Pass/No-Pass” grade to way more cases each day than real juries are capable of resolving each day.
Anyway, that’s where I was, yesterday (and why there wasn’t much replying to comments from me during that period of time). Obviously, for legal reasons, I can’t say much else about it.
It’s the first time I’ve ever even been called in to face Jury Duty, and obviously my first time being selected for service. So, I’ll be spending about one day a week for the next good many weeks trapped in a room with 20-ish other strangers learning about all the unseemly parts of my community. It’s like a holiday, only without the joy and cheer!
On the “I’ve been driven mad with power!” side of things, Grand Juries also get to investigate whatever they want to investigate in their county government; and their investigations are published. Of course… that’s like work…