Juries will miss everything

if they blink,

they do not like to argue,

they do not like to think,

they do not like to sit

for hours at a time,

wading through evidence and testimony

and would stop on a dime,

sometimes they’re all hearing and no seeing,

resisting their obligations to judge

another human being,

but they came when they got the call,

it’s an ugly, painful business,

after all,

they have to base their decision

on what they hear and not what they saw,

the process of labeling people

murderers and criminals

would just make them stall,

and some of the testimonies

could make their skin crawl,

the voices in their heads would shout,

when they hear what the cases are all about,

but our legal system prohibits

a guilty verdict,

when there is reasonable doubt,

make no mistake,

juries want to escape,

go home, sleep it off,

and at best,

keep it off their chest.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Never had to be on a jury and really don't want to have that responsibility. What if I make the wrong decision? What if an innocent person is sent to jail or a guilty person is set free because of what I thought and said? Great writing, as always!

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Guess I can just take it from the teacher . Prepare yourself for the follow up. Like you know that everybody wants their own version of a good thing .

First you have to do one of teachers. They are a good bunch. LOL Another beauty, you already have a standard , a level by which you gauge yourself , it's just a matter of what's your subject.


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Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Frank Atanacio: The rhythm and rhyme of your Poetic verse shows considerable thought and detail, Frank. However having been on jury duty on three separate occasions, I can assure you that juries do and are instructed to not only listen but look and examine the evidence very carefully. It is they duty because that is how they must come to the all important decision.

The scrutiny of a juror by both the legal council for the Defendant, as well as the prosecutor on behalf of the Crown in Canada or the State in the USA is in itself challenging for each person to undergo.

The job is important because of what is at stake. This is the future of a human being which is to be determined by you and eleven other individuals in a trial by jury.

It is tough and it should be. The rights of all must be considered and your decision will be the determining factor so you are expected to be completely certain in your belief of that persons Guilt or Innocence before you decide.

That is the only place that I disagree with your piece Frank otherwise it was well written and well done, Sir!

Voted up on Poetic merit.

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

well you read so much into it LOL but in some cases you have to understand whats allowed as evidence, and who gives testimonies... I won't go on your point is noted my good man... Frank

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Thank goodness I'll never be jury because I am a resident.

Good writting. Voted you up and awesome. My great friend.

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

There is no system of Juries in the legal system of my country. I have only seen this in movies. Thanks for telling what goes inside their minds.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

Great Hub, frank. Thanks! I've actually had jury duty twice, though I've never made it to trial. The first time, i learned to play Gin Rummy, the second time, Backgammon. But, no trials for me

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

anyways thanks so much PDX, V-G Writer20 Sky and Justateacher for reading my juries oh and you too AKA Professor :) Frank

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

you're welcome, my friend

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

:)................... :)

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Frank

It is an awesome responsibility to sit on a jury. I've done it a few times over the years. It always amazes me that two people can hear the same testimony and facts as presented and come to completely different conclusions. Your profound statement:

"and some of the testimonies

could make their skin crawl"

is so true.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Peg you are dead on :)

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sweetpikez 2 years ago

Dear Frank,

Like any other profession, judging is one of the most complex. Juries have to weigh everything. A lot of time and critical thinking must be done before any verdict is given. It's really difficult. I wonder how they manage theirselves after the decision. I think they are taking a deep breath and praying for the irrevocable decision they've made.

Great words!Voted up and interesting.

Have a good day,


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

You've captured the jury experience very well. Even if you want to do your jury "duty" it can be a frightening thing when you realize you could be sending someone to prison. However, the facts are the facts and the decision is not really in your hands, unless of course you don't care at all.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sweetpike and Tillsontitan for checking out my juries :)

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