Not that that's a bad thing. Everyone in that room was taking their duty as a juror seriously -- sometimes to the point of shouting and interrupting -- but the events of this day were going to change Rodriguez's life forever. We wanted to be absolutely sure of what we decided.
And we were. I actually went into the deliberations intending to find him guilty of Robbery-3, but the discussions led me (and others) to change our minds.
This is my fourth jury, and it's a very edifying and wonderful experience. It's also critically important to allow our criminal justice system to work properly. People who gloat about getting out of jury service are, in my not-at-all-humble opinion, bad citizens of this country. I hope that, if I'm ever in a situation where I'm on trial for something that the jury in my case is as thoughtful and thorough as we were today.
Today, the system worked. And it was awesome.