I feel the need to comment on the recent verdict. I honestly don’t know anything about the case. I don’t know the victim’s name, I don’t know the name of the man on trial, and I don’t even know what happened. From what I read on Facebook, I am guessing that some person was murdered. (Honestly, the facts don’t even matter!)
Here is what I know:
The way I see it, THE SYSTEM WORKED, and worked flawlessly. The American justice system is designed to ensure that individuals are innocent until proven guilty. The reason for this method is the inaccuracies of public opinion. Many people read a one-sided article, or listen to a one sided news report and immediately assume they know what happened. It is completely different from forming an opinion based on case fact. I’m pretty sure that all of the wonderful detectives, who practice solely on Facebook, did not sit in the courtroom and listen to all of the facts. Therefore, what you believe about the verdict means nothing to anyone. (Please keep up the great status updates!)
Our society is filled with want-to-be-underachievers. Most people complain about the things that they themselves avoid to participating in.
If you do not involve yourself in the system, you do not have a right to complain. It’s like voting; if you don’t vote, stop with the complaining.
We have created a society in which people do everything in their power to avoid serving on a jury. I sat through Civics class and I learned that serving on a jury is not only a right, but my responsibility as an American citizen. I, like most of the Facebook complainers, would not be caught dead serving on a jury. I do not have a degree in Criminal Justice and I don’t think I should decide the fate of an individual at the current juror pay rate. (Although, if they handed out stacks, I would feel more comfortable sitting through a trial and determining guilt or innocence!)
Since I channel my inner Houdini and escape jury duty by creating outlandish tales, I never complain about verdicts; I don’t participate, therefore, I don’t complain. (It’s really simple!)
***If you are one of the few American citizens who enjoys serving on the jury, you have the right to complain. You have the right to complain about the rest of us who don’t share your passion for justice!***
The reason I say the system works perfectly, is the fact that we don’t live in North Korea. (No offense to current leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il!) The United States of America allows us the opportunity to serve on the jury as free citizens. We also have the right to create an excuse as to why we do not feel like serving on the jury. The system is filled with a jury pool that mostly consists of individuals who do not have the mental fortitude to come up with a reasonable justification to be released from jury duty. DO YOU HONESTLY EXPECT THESE MASTERMINDS TO MAKE INTELLIGENT DECISIONS?
Until the average American takes an active role in government, nothing will change and injustices will continue to occur. (That being said, I have no idea if the jury made the right decision because I was not in the courtroom!)
People who complain about the system are like the gang members who kill indiscriminately, and then feel as if they are victims when a close friend dies at the hands of a rival. If you are participate in drive-by shootings, you or one of your comrades will probably die at the hands of your enemies. If you can’t comprehend this fact, don’t be about that life! (Shootouts in the real world result in death; it’s not like the video games!)
To all of the people who feel an injustice has occurred, take a good look in the mirror the next time you skip out on jury duty. You have only yourselves to blame!