In 8th grade literature class at Bethany Lutheran School with Mr. Furstenaur, we read ’12 Angry Men’. Since there were 12 of us we each got to read a part. I think I was the angry one :)
But that started a fascination with courtroom drama. Reruns of Perry Mason helped cement this interest, even though very few Perry Mason episodes utilized a jury. (too much money to pay all the extras).
I was even pre-law for one semester in college.
Since then I have continued my informal education by
- watching more Perry Mason reruns
- watching Matlock
- reading most of the Earle Stanley Gardner 'Perry Mason' books
- reading John Grisham novels.
Therefore I should feel fully competent to head downtown today for my first ever
attempt at jury orientation.
Alas. I am a quivering mess.
I really don’t know what to expect. Most people tell me I’ll probably just get sent back home.
But then I remember the other courtroom drama I watched.
The O.J. Simpson trial.
You know, the one with the sequestered jury? The jury who remained sequestered for a good portion of forever?
So, The Prude will either be back tomorrow with some tale that would set Perry and Della chuckling, or she will see you some time next year.