|SUMMIT COUNTY COURT HOUSE, AKRON, OHIO|
I am serving Jury Duty on a complicated murder case in the Summit County Court House. The jury pool I was in waited for nearly four hours in the Jury Waiting Room. From time-to-time we were allowed rest room or coffee breaks. Otherwise, it was sit in the same chair and read my Kindle.
Around noon, the judge summomed us to his court to inform us that, while we were a jury in "waiting", the case had been resolved with a guilty plea. The defendent today received 15 to life. I would like to say that he will not be bothering anyone else anyway soon, but I know better.
The judge informed us that while we were a "Jury-in-Waiting", the case had been resolved with a plea bargain and a guilty plea. He explained that in robbing a pot dealer, one of two young men had shot the dealer. Although the victim's blood and gun shot residue was on today's defendent, the other man had done the actual shooting.
The judge, the prosecuter and the defendent's lawyer all explained to the jury that this man would not again be a threat to society for a very long time.
I AM NOT AT ALL SURE THAT THIS WILL BE THE CASE!
My two sons and I were victims in a similiar circumstance, except that we were not pot dealers. The two young men trashed our large, historic home and severely abused me. One guy, a real bad egg with six pages of convictions from California and North Carolina, kept cocking a single barrel shotgun and hitting me in the head with it in an attempt to make the gun fire. The sort of thing that gets your absolute attention, to say the least!