Voir Dire

Voir Dire

Emotions came into play,
he turned to look at photos of the murdered boy,
stares for a moment, then he turns away,
the rest of the day
was spent on the selection of a jury,
trying to ignore his heart filled with fury,
voir dire,
the elaborate process
by which potential jurors are screened
for bias by the court,
sometimes this was a murderer’s dream,
hoping stupidity was left after the sort,
voir dire,
prosecutors using their limited number of strikes,
to keep out those potential jurors with dislikes,
some who have been beaten by police,
those who don’t give a damn,
or generally reject the criminal system,
and calls the court system a sham,
others with no reason or rhyme,
but at the same time,
the defense attorney’s endeavors
to use his strikes to remove his share
on the drop of a dime,
he would make it clear,
all who are related to law enforcement officers,
of those who were victims of a crime,
and the man seated at the defense table,
accused of a crime must be guilty,
no tale, no fable,
voir dire, the only way,
to see, to say.


© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Without paragraph breaks, without end punctuation, you have created a very driving beat in this piece. One can't stop reading, we are compelled to continue, driven to the end by the format. It creates an almost breathless feeling. Excellent.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Duffsmom for reading my Voir Dire

lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Good explanation in the Voir Dire process. I came across this hub in the Discover more hubs section. voted up!

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you lovedoctor926 for looking and finding older writes..bless you

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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

It must be a frightening thing, to be sitting at the defense table, knowing you are not guilty, knowing that the attitudes of the jurors range from apathy, false assumptions of guilt and a commitment to seeking out the truth. Well done, taking such a complex topic and crafting it into a poem.

Frank, I went to your fan mail page and sent you an email about an idea I have. Do you get email sent that way?

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

So many assumptions made during that process where fates hang in the balance. I love how you can take anything and write about it. Very good.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

hey cam thanks for stopping by.. no i didnt get the email unless it went into spam.. :( flourish good to see you as always :)

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

You packed a lot into this poem Frank. People who didn't know what voire dire is certainly will after reading this enlightening portrayal. Trying to figure out which jurors will be fair, or in some case on your client's side, is not always easy.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Till for reading Voir Dire ... bless you

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