www.storymania.com
Storymania Logo

 

 

Genres




Stones Half-Filled Easy-To-Quantify Holism Interview: Opportunity, Herniation. by Elimirunu Isatnasfol http://buyfinasteride-propecia.c... [7 words]
Vanished by Lara Salmon A girl writes a diary about her time as a 'stolen girl'. (she was kidnapped). [204 words]
The Power Of Jesus Christ by Reverend Dr Lance For those wishing to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, LORD and Savior, a... [805 words]
God Is Not The Enemy! by Reverend Dr Lance How many times do people place the blame on God for their own shortcomings? Taking respon... [924 words]
For Those Who Feel Alone Right Now by Reverend Dr Lance Are you by yourself and feeling lonely? Do you feel that the world has come ... [1,267 words]
Spiritual Message To The World by Reverend Dr Lance There are many causes for the world's problems. Dr. Lance presents his perspecti... [1,107 words]
Soul Healing by Reverend Dr Lance Dr. Lance presents information designed to be food-for-thought to a hungry mind eager to learn mor... [1,038 words]
A Daily Reflector And Self-Motivator by Reverend Dr Lance How does one start their typical day? Is it with less than normal enthusia... [953 words]
Somethin's Goin' On by Dream Rinsed - [190 words]
Don't Tease, Just Please. by Dream Rinsed (bassbumpin' r&b chicagohouse) [125 words]
Sloppy Seconds by Dream Rinsed That "i had you 1st!" thang. (countryfied soul) [123 words]
Under A Full Sinful Moon by Dream Rinsed How far are we willing to let that horny lil' devil in all of us take control? [162 words]
Why The Reasons For The Reasons Why by Dream Rinsed - [146 words]
When U Suck by Dream Rinsed "it's love." (NuWave Funk) [169 words]
Boyfriend Sometimes(The Last Word.) by Dream Rinsed and i rest my case. (strings&soft piano only) [51 words]
Thoughts Of The Night Of The 12th April 2010 by E A Stonehouse kinda like a diary entry [140 words]
Sexual Savior by Dream Rinsed oh PLEASE just do me! [152 words]
Yeah I Found Love On The Dancefloor by Dream Rinsed that night fever! (bass pounding 70s funky disco heat) [191 words]
Little Jack Horny by Dream Rinsed Naughty nursery rhymes. (cool eletrified lounge-lizard funk) [132 words]
Nasty Candy by Dream Rinsed Oh you sweet sticky thang,you! (sweaty funk) [119 words]
A Moment In Love by Dream Rinsed MushyStuff. (new-age art jazz) [52 words]
Buzzed Love by Dream Rinsed Blame it on tha booze. (phillysoul dancemusic) [180 words]
Just A Piece Of Meat by Dream Rinsed E.R.A.,baby! (heavy bass-thumpinbumpin r&b dancefunk!) [191 words]
Get Me Now (Or It's Never!) by Dream Rinsed Enuff wit tha playin' hard ta get! (DiscoSouMusic) [155 words]
Music As A Companion by Hiba Helewa - [231 words]
Boyfriend Sometimes by Dream Rinsed (pop r&b powerballard) [157 words]
This Is The Other Kinda Lovesong! by Dream Rinsed sho' is baby. [147 words]
Not A Trick! by Dream Rinsed The Golddiggers&Users warning notice! (funky all percussion dance jam) [158 words]
Tha Immoral Mix Of That Good Love by Dream Rinsed (chicago r&b house) [111 words]
Lonely,Lonely by Dream Rinsed a song about needing and wanting somebody. (seedy cool smooth r&b popjazz groove) [151 words]
World Wide Wake-Up Song by Dream Rinsed a song i wrote during and after the Obama/McCain election. (smooth jazz... [160 words]
So,What's It Gonna Be? by Dream Rinsed a lil' dirty song about the mating ritual. (rock 'n soul) [136 words]
Beautiful Stranger by Dream Rinsed a song about love at first site. (steppers' latinsoul) [162 words]
A Parent's Lament by Randall Barfield Some say it's never too late. [260 words]
Death Of Darkness by Christcross What is death? That is a question most people can't answer. [70 words]
Underneath by Amd Horror story about creatures in flesh [3,088 words]
The Progenitor by W N Dayley An alien race, monitoring signals from Earth for some time, finally decides it's time to make co... [16,562 words]
Oktober Interview Dr. Mario-Max Prince Schaumburg-Lippe by Newswire Interview "Doktor 100%. Eine gute karitative Idee wird bei Schaum... [1,200 words]
Remember...Do You Remember? by Monica L Sprague A long prose that asks tough personal questions which require deep internal self-ex... [271 words]
Quiz - Normal Or Not? by Emilee Brown - [1,113 words]
Our First Meeting by Avis My thoughts of our first meeting. [648 words]
Nightmare In New Orleans by Emilee Brown - [2,196 words]
Multiple Stream Of Income. by Pratima Thapa World wide data entry operator needed. Work from the comfort of your home as a full ... [515 words]
When I Was Eight by Monica L Sprague A long three part prose about a dark desert night when a child was scared into submission. [501 words]
Silly Little Tood by Eric H - [209 words]
Ode To A Could've Been Friend by M Q Walters You know who you are.... [159 words]
How To Perpertrate Prejudice Without Really Trying by Jenny Short Essay [116 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Twelve) by Caroline Woodson - [1,924 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Thirteen) by Caroline Woodson - [2,163 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Ten) by Caroline Woodson - [1,628 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Nine) by Caroline Woodson - [1,348 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Fourteen) by Caroline Woodson - [1,918 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Eleven) by Caroline Woodson - [1,483 words]
Comfort Where You Find It by A J Jones When two people lose someone they both love, they take comfort where they find it. B... [1,159 words]
Love, English Style by Caroline Woodson The first chapter of a manuscript I'm working on. Romance****Adult****Set in East Texas. O... [1,284 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Two) by Caroline Woodson - [872 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Three) by Caroline Woodson - [953 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Six) by Caroline Woodson - [1,469 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Seven) by Caroline Woodson May I have some feedback please? [1,652 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Four) by Caroline Woodson - [1,624 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Five) by Caroline Woodson - [1,985 words]
Love, English Style (Chapter Eight) by Caroline Woodson Does anyone ever really review anything here? [1,697 words]
The Best Man by Caroline Woodson Maid of honor and best man find they were meant for one another. [707 words]
My Bilingual Marriage (Humor) by Steven L Howard I have enough trouble with one language, when I married and had to learn another,... [1,043 words]
Everything On Life by Beroze Neville Amaria What's life ! Have you ever pondered upon it? For some people you live to eat and for others... [88 words]
Essence Of Love by Beroze Neville Amaria One thing that makes the world go round - LOVE One thing that speaks a universal language - Lov... [156 words]
Wednesday Ecstasy - Erotica Attempt by Josh Anderson I was reading some fun / funny / interesting / sexy (lol) stuff like I do w... [984 words]
Scrap Metal by Staci L Cockill It is a sci-fi story about life on another planet. [634 words]
Let's Go Home by Dri A tale. My first one. [320 words]
Lamark's Syndrome by Bradley Kabbash Married work at home father wakes up to find that he is changing into a housewife against his... [1,638 words]
Today Is Not A Good Day by Sarin A letter to friend recounting the drama of a routine day gone bad. [1,376 words]
Till Death Will Do Us Part by Maria Alessandra Mace A story about paranioa, adultry and murder. [3,711 words]
My Soul Weeps by Ross McColl An In-depth look into what makes me who I am. [625 words]
Modern Myths And Urban Legends - Part 1 by David B Doc Byron An examination of myths and legends that alot of people find so true to... [137 words]
Mdern Myths And Urban Legends Part Two by David B Doc Byron - [147 words]
Desperation by MohammadzadehH - [43 words]
Doc's Movie Review - ''Mark Of The Devil '' by David B Doc Byron Horror movie fans read this! [135 words]
Doc's Movie Review - ''Alone In The Dark '' by David B Doc Byron Yeah...I know. Another boring review. What can I say? I love horror... [214 words]
Doc's Movie Review; ''Last House On A Dead End Street'' by David B Doc Byron Horror movie fans; READ THIS REVIEW!! [344 words]
Shrinivas Sharangpani's Work by Shrinivas Sharangpani I have written in almost all genres. A few of my poems and a short story is showca... [4,798 words]
Roadkill; The Last Days Of John Martin by David B Doc Byron Yet another review of an obscure 80's horror flick. [390 words]
Movie Review: Don't Go In The House by David B Doc Byron Another review of 1980's horror films. [430 words]
Movie Review - By: ''Doc'' by David B Doc Byron The first in my reviews of obscure 1980's horror films. [448 words]
I Drove Up The Hill by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This is a superimposition of this writer’s visit to his old school on the ‘hard times’ he h... [320 words]
Doc's Movie Review by David B Doc Byron Another review of an obscure 1980's splatter film. [406 words]
Jesus Save Us by Janice Porter Hayes In the republics of the former Soviet Union, newly-found religious freedom, and the Savior's love... [480 words]
Two Worlds Part 2 by Sarah Somebody Second installment of first part. [4,991 words]
Two Worlds Part 1 by Sarah Somebody Leslie has lived in tow worlds her entire life. As her eighteenth birthday qiockly approache... [5,319 words]
For Katie by Joseph Robert Herrick - [197 words]
The Green Bag by Jay Mallick - [1,094 words]
Entity 1, Section 1, Part A (Prime Locutions Shuffling) by WinstonE 1. Strange and familiar 2. Facing old bonds never surfa... [525 words]
The All New Ford Exploitation by G Sandberg A satire of huge, beastly SUVs, especially Fords. [406 words]
Poek by Olef Ransom Saulles - [1,307 words]
Excerpts From Jury Duty, 1999
An American Summer by Olef Ransom Saulles - [7,002 words]
Proverbs Of A Mountain Man by Olef Ransom Saulles - [736 words]
On The Water's Skin by Olef Ransom Saulles - [821 words]
My Sofa

Go to page: [1]
TITLE (EDIT)
Excerpts From Jury Duty, 1999
DESCRIPTION
-
[1,473 words]
AUTHOR
Olef Ransom Saulles
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
-
[November 2004]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
illinoispayson@yahoo.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (19)
Americas Burning, Excerpt. (Poetry) From a longer, unfinished poem. [239 words]
An American Summer (Genres) - [7,002 words]
Being (Poetry) Poem [124 words]
Bosstwon, Massojoos-Hits. (Poetry) My first chapbook. Looking for a publisher. [1,163 words]
Daredevle (Poetry) 'they're' is intentional. I am striving for a three-dimensional quality to my writing. The rules of grammar are not always adhered to. [595 words]
Happenstance At 79th And Broadway (Poetry) The Dublin House, NY. [154 words]
I Am My Own Greatest Enemy. (Poetry) - [16 words]
I Am The Depiction Of A Soul Unraveled (Poetry) - [90 words]
I Had No Idea Misery Compounded (Poetry) - [161 words]
Jeremiah (Poetry) A ballad concerning man and meaning. [378 words]
Jkpayson (Poetry) - [53 words]
Karen . . . (Poetry) - [85 words]
Laid Heavy In The Suicide Chair (Poetry) - [35 words]
My Blood Spills Out. (Poetry) - [80 words]
On The Water's Skin (Genres) - [821 words]
Poek (Genres) - [1,307 words]
Poem Thread (Poetry) - [110 words]
Proverbs Of A Mountain Man (Genres) - [736 words]
Sonnet (Poetry) - [81 words]
Excerpts From Jury Duty, 1999
Olef Ransom Saulles

7:50am
Without hyperbole, the nightmare begins early. I did not think I would write until I arrived, but lo, the 181st street station is closed and I need to run in order to catch a shuttle to the 168th street station. The ride is fast, but no less annoying.
Next stop - the line for tokens.
8:20am
I could have transferred to an express train, but I forgot to pay attention; now I'm running late, late for duty. A second chance to transfer is lost. Damn train could have waited an extra 10 seconds with its doors open at 72nd - until the express train rolled to a stop. If you ask them why they don't, they'll respond concerning an obligation to a timed schedule. Have you ever seen a timed schedule for the 1/9?
It is rare to see a solitaire train; they are usually clumped in groups with long waits between packs.
Bold message to our generation:
SURGERENCIA PARA USAR LA METROCARD: SWIPE CARD AGAIN
!POR FAVOR, NO SE CAMBRE A OTRO TORNIQUETE!
SIGN DESLIZANDO LA FARJETA HASTA QUE APAREZCA LA PALABRA "GO". POSIBLEMENTE SE LE COBRARA' OTRA TARIFA . . .
This sucks, though I feel like a good citizen obeying these requests. After all they are for our own good.
8:45am
The token booth at Chambers St. There is a sign, 'CENTER STREET 4 BLOCKS' with an arrow, so I exit the stairs and head in the direction of the arrow - wrong way. I pull out the map they provided me and check, West Broadway . . . uhh, Broadway: the map only vaguely looks like the area I'm at and no one mentioned a 15 minute walk, 20 in this cold.
8:59am
I am not late. I have not broken from our tradition that all things necessary and worthwhile begin promptly at 9:00am.
The waiting room is actually pleasing - high ceilings, real wood, I assume, inlaid walls with painted murals depicting NYC sites by artist including Attilio Pusterla, John Edwin Jackson and Winthrop Turney, a real urban bureaucrat ideal. The citizen is pleased to be in the arms and grandeur of the state fulfilling his role. The scenes rendered to the potential jurist are city hall and the public library, Columbia's Low Memorial Library, and a battery of municipal buildings. Long, wooden benches with soft cushions for the tushy and back are strewn about in an orderly way. Behind the counter suffering through no declared fate are a black and a Jew. The dialectic aside, they want volunteers for a mock trial held by the BAR association. People chaotically scramble to volunteer. They are only accepting six. I'll take my chances here, with real duty, and maybe be dismissed. They are having fun behind the counter; "And the winners are . . ." Six names are called out. Good luck to them. They have to return tomorrow only to be bussed to another building, but they do get $50. Lucky suckers, we get $40.
9:10am
Procedure:
Split your summons along perforations, hand in bottom portion, pick up three papers, including a questionnaire - try to remain orderly.
"Last names beginning A-G come up now." Fifteen or so people pile forward to the front of the room, real patriots. It goes on in this manner for a short time.
9:20am
We are now shown a film about Jury Duty. It begins with an ancient torture-type of justice; people thrown into the water bound with stone weights on their legs – the innocent sink and the guilty floated. The actor screams and then sinks.
"Was this fair and impartial justice?" we are asked.
"We Americans . . . no dictators . . . guaranteed to each of us a trial by jury of our peers . . . uphold and protect . . . today it is your turn." Bill Bradley was the narrator of the film, next segment we heard testimonials on concerns of being a jurist.
"Sacrifice days of your life . . . Aristotle wrote too. . .in front of a tribunal of peers. The Romans threw that out. . .in medieval France, the JURORS . . . in England this evolved into . . . trial by jury . . . NO AUTHORITY MAY PUNISH A JURY FOR ITS DECISION (via William Penn). . . spirit of democracy expanded throughout the colonies. . . 5th, 6th, 7th amendments . . . 1860, first African American on jury. . . women were later. . . today everyone is eligible."
Now movie clips of court scenes, 'dramatic license' appropriated and a new narrator, Diane Sawyer; enchanting.
"What really happens. . . criminal. . . prosecution. . . civil trial. . . criminal trial. . . standards of proof, etc. . ."
Judge.
Court Performer.
Court Officer.
Clerk.
Disputing Parties.
The guy in front of me brought his girlfriend along. That's devotion on her part. He doesn't seem the type to reciprocate such a commitment, even now he feigns interest in her. Perhaps she has duty also, some coincidence that would be.
Plaintiff.
Attorney.
Jurors.
Receptive to arguments?
Dismissal.
Catalyst.
"Indispensable role in our justice system."
We are not, we are told, just sitting around.
Selection.
A gruesome word.
"I do."
So help you God.
"You'll find it fascinating. . . come away with a much better view of our legal system. . guaranteeing the same rights for ourselves, 'Our Family'. . . Justice for All" -
Chief Judge of the State of New York, Judith ?.
More testimonials:
"You are extremely valuable to the system and the system is valuable to you too.", uh, "to be able to come and serve. . .", uh, "I believe we have the best system there is. . ."
Testimonial bullcrap. Who are these people, or should I say 'patriots' in the arcane Modern sense, that they still feel this way?
This building opened in 1927.
The murals were painted during the depression by Government subsidized artists.
If you have been convicted of a felony you need not be a juror. Hmm.
There is an American Flag in the corner of this room - dusty and obscured by a television monitor.
9:49am
People are still arriving.
To leave this room you must sign out and sign in with the correct times of your exiting and returning.
This sucks, ad infinum.
A criminal trial has12 jurors.
Needs an unanimous decision.
Has presumption of innocence.
Civil case does not presume such a status.
Needs 6 jurors, 5 must agree.
An anonymous judge is giving a speech, ". . .unique and wonderful experience. . ."
There are more than 200 people in this room and not one is smiling.
11:45am
We are separated into groups, sent to different rooms, given a speech by another judge and now the lawyers will question us. Jury selection. We will have a decision by the end of the day. We were told by the judge that the trial may take up to 15 days. I wish I had a laptop, there is a jack in this room.
I want to be rich.
I want to be above the law.
I do not want to be a peer.
I sign out to urinate.
The lawyers seem to fit roles. The plaintiff's man being warmer, more personable as would someone representing a sickly child and trying to appeal to our emotions, not with the goal of corrupting our judgement, but you know he'll take what he can get. The defendant's lawyer seems more the stoic professional, like one representing a doctor and hospital should. He grimaces everytime the plaintiff's attorney mentions the impending case's defense. Their interaction is interesting, professional with forced cordiality and by no means friendly. It seems, at least to me, the jurors are corrupted initially through the cult of any given lawyer’s personality. Observing the questioning, I feel the defense lawyer to be the better judge of character, but I could be wrong.
Lunch is 1:00 - 2:00, followed by questioning from the other lawyer. Another recess follows. We are called back into the room for placement - whew, not a juror in this one. That could have been a potentially greater nightmare.
3:30pm
We can go home, but I must return tomorrow and try again to become a juror. I'm stranded far downtown and waiting for my ride. I guess I'll shop.
Day 2
We begin later at 9:30am instead of 8:30am, we needn't watch the film twice. The bus ride today is slower, the train ride is slower, the whole day moves more slowly, no newness to keep my curiosity or imagination tweaked. This must be what working life is like. This duty still sucks but I think I am more acclimated to the process today than yesterday. Acclimation. Is that the same as apathy, as roteness? Jury selection again. . . dismissed again. I don't have to do this for another four years. People who are called on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday have to serve three days. Those called on Thursday only have to serve for two. The lawyers seem to choose those who hardly speak up or question them. Now for the long train ride home.

 

Submit Your Review for Excerpts From Jury Duty, 1999
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.

Your Name*     E-mail*

City     State/Province     Country

Your Review (please be constructive!)*


Please Enter Code*:

Submit Your Rating for Excerpts From Jury Duty, 1999

Worst     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Best

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 1999 Olef Ransom Saulles
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
May 2001
NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED
2393
 

Copyright © 1998-2001 Storymania Technologies Limited. All Rights Reserved.