Bet this guy wanted to go back to the war he knew rather than the one he was gonna face.......
And how was your day???
Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:04 PM
So anyway, I was called and chosen for jury duty. It was a murder trial and was a week I'll never forget. The upside other than doing civic duty and helping to serve the cause of justice, was all the other wonderful people I met. We were like a gang of old school buds by the end of the trial. 12 jurors and 3 alternates but we were like a multigenerational family gathering with me being the oldest. We got to know each other really well, very quick due to the length of time we were shut off in a room waiting, and waiting, and waiting, The only resemblance to tv court dramas was the Godlike aire the Judge assumed,lol. The trial was about an informant revenge killing. The defendant had been looking for the victim for quite a while after the victim has testified in a murder trial against the defendants cousin. Got it so far?? The victim was in witness protection/protective custody etc.. But he wasn't exactly a Rhodes scholar. Besides his live in girlfriend he kept a side piece in New Haven, about 30 miles from his home in Waterbury. Victim and defendant were both from New Haven and formerly good buds according to testimony. The victim decided he was horny around 2:30 am on Dec12, 2018 and called his side piece and said he was on his way and to be ready so he wouldn't be spotted waiting for her. That was a low percentage move. He was spotted as soon as he entered the Westville project area by the defendants buddies who were also on the lookout for the victim. The victim picked up his side piece(btw, she referred to herself that way in testimony) and they headed for a nearby convenience store for a soda. On exiting the store the victim was confronted by the defendant and after a brief argument shot with 4 45cal bullets and he died on the operating table shortly afterwards. 4 more slugs were shot into the victims car just missing the young lady so we are up to 8 shots fired. The girl drove the victim to the hospital after confronting the shooter who was well known to her and for whatever reason, he fled. Her eyewitness testimony was found by us to be irrefutable after some 5 hours of deliberations and discussion over 2 days. There was never any reasonable doubt as to his guilt once we sent into the deliberation room. He did it, without any doubt on my part or the others but the finality and impact of our decision built a wall for us to climb over to not only do justice but instill some peace in our consciences and reinforce each other. We faced a terrifying responsibility over a mans future, deserved or not on his part. Of our 5 hours of actual deliberation and discussion we spent most of the time trying to build a plausible case and cause and logic for the eyewitness to be committing perjury. We had to accept her testimony as the truth and that sealed the defendants fate. You can guess it was drug related through and through and I learned a new piece of street slang " Ripping and Runnin" was the defendants activity of choice and that means delivery drugs on the street via cell phone. The forensic evidence presented by the FBI as to the movements of his cell phone destroyed his attempt at an alibi. His phone was hit on within 275ft of the shot spotter alert at the time of the shooting instead of where he claimed he was. The rest of his defense was essentially " it wasn't me" and he strained the idea of innocence until proven guilty and his testimony and hostility on the stand didn't help him. He admitted to about 20 different lies in the space of about 30 minutes and contradicted himself continuously. On cross he took a sort of " fuck you bitch you're next " attitude with the States Attorney when she pointed out his difficulty with the truth. He faces 60 years on the various 1st degree murder charges plus an additional 10 years for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was previously convicted of a shooting but we were only told he was a felon on probation. He fled from the eyewitness cause the fucking dummy ran out of bullets cause his thug gun of choice was an M1911 with an out of the box max capacity of 8 rounds, exactly the number of shell casings left on the ground. After our foreperson announced the verdict and the judge dismissed us he visited us in the deliberation room to thank us and answer any questions. There was a lot of evidence we didn't get to see and his words gave us further confidence in our decision. A final lighthearted moment of the whole week. When the marshalls drove us to our cars as he entered the lot where I was parked another juror suggested he guess which car belonged to the old guy, jokingly referring to me, the marshall didn't even hesitate, he said " It's gotta be that 20 year old copper colored Buick. Of course he was right as we all damn near pissed our pants laughing. My boss paid me for the time although he isn't required to for part timers and the state reimbursed me for gas and travel. We all got certificates of appreciation from the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. Finally today I got another thank you letter from the State Judicial Branch. It also informed me that I will not be eligible to be called again for 3 years. I'll be over 70 by then so I'd be past mandatory service anyhow. But the letter did say I can volunteer to serve again any time I like. That I gotta think about. I'm not sure I ever want to have that responsibility over the lives of others in such a manner again.
Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:40 PM
Congrats, Eddie. As someone who seems to be on the radar of the judicial system, I know what it's like to serve on juries. I seem to get a notice about every 36 to 48 months, either County courts or City courts. County courts are either civil or criminal cases; city courts are basically traffic court. I've actually served on 3 juries (4 if you count the civil trial where the judge declared a mistrial the 1st day of service ). One civil trial (slip & fall case) and two criminal cases (1 murder trial and one DUI case). I was jury foreman on the DUI case. The mistrial case was a civil case where one company provided products to another company for the second company to utilize in creating a chemical or something by combining the products the first company provided. Suffice it to say, either the products provided were faulty (a problem for the first company) or the second company mishandled the products and created an unusable combination. IIRC, there were 100 or so of us jurors empaneled around 10 AM and sent up to the court room, where we idled our time until the Bailiff released us around noon for lunch. Back to courtroom around 1:30 pm, and we sat. . .and sat. . .and sat. . .and waited It was 5:30 or so before we were called into the courtroom for voir dire. With that many people to question, it was well after 8 PM before the jury was empaneled (unfortunately, I was among the 12). To say that there was a lot of hostility amongst us, would be an understatement. If you could have bottled the anger, you could have made a fortune. Anyway, the judge swore us in and requested that we return at 9 AM the next morning to start trial, which would last 2 to 3 weeks. Long story short, we showed up the next morning, entered the courtroom and surprise, surprise, were informed by the judge that he was declaring a mistrial. He didn't think the way both attorneys handled the voir dire very well and could tell from expressions and body language that the 12 of us jurors were not in a pleasant mood because of it. He felt we would not be an objective jury and consequently declared the mistrial. Don't know what eventually happened with that case.
And, yes, mandatory jury service is optional for those persons 70 and older; and, both judges and attorneys appreciate it when our senior statesmen (and women) volunteer for jury service.
My body is a shell; I will modify it.
Death is a disease; I will cure it.
Extinction is ever-looming; I will fight it.
Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:30 PM
Paris decided to shut down all the restaurants and bars at midnight on Sunday, so I decided if I couldn't even eat good food I might want to come home. I'm not sure how effective closing restaurants/bars is going to be when the metro, trains, and buses are all still running - but hey, I'm not in charge so who am I to judge.
When I got to LAX yesterday they had all the global entry machines turned off and were making everyone go through customs. There was extra screening where they asked some questions then pointed a temperature gun at your head. Of course going through customs I got flagged for the search - by a freaking hot mid 30's guy! As he was rummaging through my dirty laundry we talked about our respective cases of shingles He said he'd had them from his spine around to his belly button. I really wanted to ask him if he had scars, and if I could see them - but I chickened out :(
Today was my flight home, and I inadvertently left a peso in my back pocket. Of course that sent TSA off on pat down mode! I WILL have to remember this trick!!!! The guy actually said, "I'm going to have to touch your buttox, are you ok with that?" I told him it was ok, but he'd need to buy me dinner! Then he said he would be using the backs of his hands. I REALLY wanted to tell him that if he was going to do it, he needed to do it right! But, then I realized this was TSA and I'd probably used up my funny sayings for the day.
So now I'm back home. Staying away from people for a couple of weeks in case my 43 year streak of working around the public, but not getting the flu has come to an end.
Posted 16 March 2020 - 11:16 PM
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Posted 16 March 2020 - 11:40 PM
A little voice in the back of my head kept telling me that France might go total lockdown. I could have dealt with it if restaurants were open - but there were no cooking facilities in the hostel I was staying at. The prospect of who knows how long of expensive raw fruits and veggies and the occasional pizza delivery (I think delivery was still an option) didn't sound appealing.
I want to go to Puerto Escondido. It's top on my list. And back to Acapulco. But my sore butt needs to recover from economy airline seats first
And for my TSA boy .....
Posted 17 March 2020 - 04:37 AM
I'm currently on vacation. I only had to deal with crazy people mobbing the grocery store buying anything that wasn't nailed down or on fire for two days. I guess my timing was good....I probably would have burned out or gone crazy had I worked for more than two days with all that insanity. I've been just lying low here at home. Even the rink I roller skate at has been mandated to close so I can't go skating. I do need one of my prescriptions refilled and will need some more groceries before I go back to work so I know I will have to go out at least twice before my staycation is over.
Posted 15 April 2020 - 01:24 PM
So had this guy on Grindr ask me for a pic of my ass and I had dumped my old profile as the app was bad and the new profile didn't have any pic...... so I quickly took this one. I looked at it later on and thought, jeez that ain't too bad for a 68 year old butt, lol............
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