JURY POOL SELECTION

by on September 4, 2023 :: 0 comments

I.
Dressed as a serial killer for the murder trial
On the transit downtown to the court house
a knife cutting the winter dawn sky awake
“I may be butchering the name” said the clerk
to my 3 hours of sleep
– I am not a daywalker –
Filling out the questionnaire after raising a hand sworn in

II.
Still have to come back!
I saw the defendant
(Law & Order classic thug)
& thought
“Well he’s totally fucked.”
I’d upped the ante
This time hair unwashed, not pulled back
Beat-up motorcycle boots
A Halloween Michael Myers t-shirt
& instead of Nike
It says Mike
And the curved checkmark “just do it” brand logo?
A dripping blood scimitar
The other prospective jurors
wouldn’t look at me
“Yes, your honor?”
Got home to the e-mail
RELEASED FROM THE PANEL

– Marc Olmsted

editors note:

A shirking (and smirking) of civic duty. – mh clay

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