I was called up for jury duty yesterday--again. While I don't object to doing my civic duty, it's the endless waiting and the boring, repeditive lawyer questioning that's makes the event so miserable. Any lawyers who think the selectees are amused by their vain attempts at court-room humor are sadly mistaken!
For the first time though, I wanted to sit on a jury. The case involved an individual charged with . . . wait for it . . . illegal concealed weapons carry! Now that would have been a case that interested me, as a lawful, licensed holder of a CWFL here in Florida.
I saw this a both a chance to either support a person who was lawfully trying to protect himself and ran afoul of a LEO trying to make a point, or as an opportunity to punish someone who was violating the law and making those who lawfully carry look bad, depending on the evidence presented. Both lawyers stated that the trial would be short, indicating to me they both agreed on the expected outcome. Something told me I didn't want that defence lawyer on my side.
Alas, I wasn't selected.
I did not reveal that I posses a CWFL (It wasn't asked; I didn't tell), nor did I mention I own firearms and shoot regularly. I think it may have been that I was a stated member of an organization called the NRA that swayed the either of the lawyers away from me. I can see where either side could see that as a plus or minus.
I was really hoping to serve so that I could report back to this forum on what really happens in a criminal trial involving concealed firearm possesion. An excellent opportunity missed!