June 16th, 2009

Happy Raicon

Jury Duty

 So I finally get picked to be on a jury for the first time. It pretty much sucked though. I got summoned during finals and I couldn't postpone it as I had done so 3 or 4 times before and the trial itself was dull. Basically a man got rear ended and was suing the other guy. He wanted 12k to fix his car when it was only worth about 7k. It was a 2k ford mustang LT. Now what made it sad was the plaintiff (a psysics teacher from UCSD) decided to represent himself. He did so very poorly. He had NO evidence to back himself up, no documents from the hospital, no witnesses, no colleagues to speak on his behalf, nothing. The Defendant (who wasn't there because he had patients to treat) accepted full responsiblity and wanted to help the plaintiff, he just wasn't willing to pay for something that clearly wasn't worth it. 

Regardless of the admitted guilt the Plaintiff still felt that he had to prove the Doctor did it. The first day was so boring I actually fell asleep in my seat, as did the bailiff. Of all the cases I could have been on I had to get that snooze inducing crap. The good thing though was it was a short trial.
The defendant's lawyer brought in an automobile appraiser (something the plaintiff should have done) and gave an estimate for how much the car is worth plus the salvage value. During cross examination the plaintiff asked some really irrelevant questions, ie; how old the guy was and was he the best west of the Mississippi or something. :p After all that we had to sit through closing arguments. That was torture because I had to fight myself to stay awake because the plaintiff pretty much tried to recite everything he had said from the beginning. Somehow I managed. 

Finally we were able to deliberate. That part was actually fun. Our verdict was he was entitled to about 6k for the car and 1500 for medical bills and painkillers. 

I'm so glad it's over.