I had ruled out writing about this two-and-a-half day exercise, but two things changed my mind. We were a small jury – there were just six of us. But one of us was from Gambia, another from Sierra Leone, and a third from Puerto Rico. You don’t think of Cobb County being so diverse, but Solicitor Barry Morgan assured me that this is now quite the norm for jury pools.
Then there was the surprise. During our deliberations, we had wondered why such a cut-and-dry case hadn’t been settled. After we were dismissed, we were let in on the small secret that had been purposely kept from us.
Eight months after our defendant had wrecked her car, while she was out on bond, she allegedly shot and killed another boyfriend and was charged with murder.
Come to think of it, the fellow who had attempted to take the rap for her did look a little green around the gills.