I was the first juror kicked off of the panel by the defense. The judge had eliminated a few, but of the 10 voir dire challenges given to the defense, I was the first.
"Mr. Schmoe" the defense attorney said a few minutes before my dismissal "frankly, you make me nervous."
"I have concerns about your being a former arson investigator and you working relationship with law enforcement during your career. That and your wife's career choice makes me wonder if you can be truly impartial"
Little did he know,
I know cops aren't perfect and I know the D.A.'s office has it's issues as well. Each witness, piece of evidence and victim statement has to be judged on it's own merit and weighed as to it's value to the case - both on the prosecution and the defense side. You can't get much more impartial than that.
It all worked out in the end, I got booted just before lunch and I was able to meet The Saint I Am Married To for lunch, something that I probably would not have been able to do had I remained on the jury. It would have not have presented well and could have created issues for both of us.
As it was, I was able to spend some time with someone who wanted me and not be stuck on a jury where I was not.
Thanks for reading,