Today was the second time I was called in to be a juror for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. As boring and long as the day can be, I was surprised by a couple of things.
Before everyone checked in, the Jury Commissioner asked those that were there for the first time to raise their hands. Arms went up all around me. Two years ago, I couldn't have said the same.
Later during voir dire, the judge asked if anyone in the room had immediate family members that were at some point involved in a criminal case, immediate family currently being tried in a criminal case, or if jurors had been directly involved in a criminal case at some point in time. Nearly two-thirds of the room stood up in acknowledgment. Baltimore is crazy!
Luckily, after a late lunch the day went by fairly quickly. To anyone that has to go anytime soon, I highly recommend parking at the outdoor lot I parked at today. It's located on Fayette, right before St. Paul. Since I got there before 8 this morning, the daily rate was only $8. The guys working the lot were also really fast to help locate people's cars. The perfect end to this? The gate leads out to Baltimore Street, so hopping on 83 is not a problem and/or weaving through the city seems easy.
Carrie Oleynik is a writer based in Baltimore, Md.
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