11 July 2006

WestEnder Performs Civic Duty, Misses Neighborhood Shooting

I went to court yesterday. My sentence: jury duty. I was in a pool of potential jurors for a traffic case, but I wasn't picked. So I'll have to go back tomorrow. I'll take my own magazines this time.

While I was loitering in the waiting room and reading magazines like Aviation Week and Business2.0, a boy was shot in front of the Richie's restaurant half a mile from my home-- right in the middle of the day on a busy street. I don't like the food anymore, but I used to carry out fried chicken from Richie's all the time on the way home from work. I drive by the restaurant almost every day. That's how I get to Clifton.

It's particularly ironic that this happened on the heels of a conference held in Cincinnati to curb youth gun violence.

5 comments:

KatieG said...

I just got noticed for jury duty for the first time ever!!! I'm totally excited. (I might have to lie about my profession to get picked - defense attorney probably won't win me a seat)

Hey - in my neighborhood yesterday some dude blew up his 4million dollar town house so his wife wouldn't win it in a divorce.

WestEnder said...

Lie to get IN to jury duty? Now that's a first!

I do remember reading something about an "exploding building"...

Wes said...

I was upset that I never got to serve on a jury during my three weeks on call.

I did, however, finish a nice little tango for small orchestra while waiting down there.

WF

KatieG said...

oh yeah, i'm fascinated by the jury system...i'd love to sit in a room and deliberate with complete strangers over someone else's life and death....or car accident, as the case may be...

TravisG said...

I've never been noticed before, which is fine by me. I've sat through enough court hearings as the son of an attorney, former reporter and one-time scofflaw.

It's basically 90 percent tedium, 10 percent unintentional hilarity. Murder cases are much different, though. Those are awful, yet fascinating.