The trial that I recalled from #TalkAboutBias
Why I’ll never complain about jury duty notices
Writer’s note: This post was originally written on Medium on July 2, 2019.
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Three people got into a car accident. A car side-swiped them in the left lane. One woman was pregnant. We weren’t informed who had car insurance and who didn’t. We got no reports about why the pregnant woman didn’t go directly to the emergency room. Instead all three parties in the car went to a chiropractor and racked up significant medical bills from what was said to be chronic pain. And they wanted money from the defendant to pay that chiropractor back for their pain and suffering.
I listened to this story from my jury seat and paid close attention to the three people who claimed to have back problems. (The pregnant woman had her baby by this time.) And I listened closely to the report from the chiropractor’s assistant, who spoke on his behalf.
We all went to our designated jury room and sat around the table voicing our opinions. I was the only African-American juror, but there was another woman of color who complained incessantly about needing to use her phone and there being no reception.
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