Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Idea

Dear Respondents,

Two recent experiences have led me to this project: 1) I read the book The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, which is about a Southern white woman in the 60's who gathers the stories of black "domestics" and stirs up quite a fervent response in her small town in Mississippi. 2) I watched 12 Angry Men (again), a film from 1957 featuring Henry Fonda and eleven other men who meet to decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. They start out 11 to 1, guilty ... and that's all I'm going to say. See it. There is a 1997 version with Tony Danza that is equally tense.

Anyway, these experiences have allowed me to focus my interest in all things courtroom (as anybody who knows me knows that I am a huge Court TV fan and fantasize about being a lawyer). What I'd like to do here is simply gather the stories of jurors. If you have ever served on a jury, no matter what kind of case, where you were, the relative importance of the case ... please describe your experience in as much detail as you please. Let's see where this goes.

Thank you.


p.s. For some reason, my husband's name appears as the person who posted this blog topic. I am trying to correct that ... but it's me.