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  •  jury duty is the right and responsibility (8+ / 0-)

    of all citizens,thanks for respecting it as the solemn and serious exercise of democracy that it is.10 days ago I was convicted by a jury of my ''peers'' for DUI.My jury was 6 ( like George Zimmerman's),4 male ,2 female.Five were over 60,2 over 78,one was 20 minutes late back from lunch and was difficult to arouse from sleep during a time the jury was excluded from attorney arguments,all but one had strong attachments with law enforcement,watched cop shows on TV as a major source of entertainment and all were culturally and religiously full blown authoritarians.Took less than 3 hours for these fine folk to come back with a guilty verdict,Perry Mason wouldn"t have won this one.

    'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A.Einstein

    •  Well, the question is: (7+ / 0-)

      Were you guilty?

      You're anonymous here. You can tell us the truth.

      What was your blood alcohol level? Did you drive with a level that is illegal in your state?

      Why did the cop stop you? Was there an accident, were you speeding, were you weaving?

      Or were you driving perfectly fine and you simply had a tail-light out, for instance.

      Were there extenuating circumstances?

      You describe the jury as being all but eager to convict you, but maybe they had a perfectly legitimate reason to have done so.

      Full disclosure from me: Way back when, I got a DWI conviction. The cops had me dead to rights, however. I took a corner badly and briefly went around a highway median on the wrong side. My BAC was .16. Drunk, no question about it. Thank goodness it was 2 a.m. and I was the only person on the road, and there was no accident involved, and nobody got hurt.

      •  fair question (6+ / 0-)

        I had 3 drinks and a glass of wine during 4 hours of an evening that included a prime rib dinner, 2 and a half hours of dancing,and going up and down the stairs to check on my silent auction bids.I refused the test (I know,big mistake,but since I've had to take 6 a month for the past 16 months as a condition of bail,I know for a fact how inaccurate they are and how they can be manipulated),but my wife who had as much to drink as I and weighs 85 lbs less blew a .065.This was on a 2 lane State highway with no traffic at 11:30 pm.The trooper gave me a ticket for speeding 72 in a 65 which might actually be possible as I was tired and thinking about the hospice care I had to provide for my dying father the next day,but he lied through his teeth about everything else including his own speed (he was really hauling ass) so I don't know.The jury however, hung on his every word as if it were divinely inspired.Under cross examination he stated I drove perfectly and he had no reason to stop me other than speeding,another fabrication as we know from anecdotal fact he stops everyone for any reason between 10 pm and 5 am purely to troll for a potential DUI.This is big money in rural Colorado (and lots of other places too) it'll cost me more than 10 grand before I'm done and is part of the self sustaining prison industrial complex.I am a responsible human being and believe those who cause damage to life and property by their actions should be held to account-including me!This is not what is happening here.

        'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A.Einstein

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