There was a line outside the court building for going through security when I got off the bus this morning downtown. But we could keep our shoes on.
The jury assembly room is on the second floor. I checked in and got a one page form to fill out - name, profession, past jury experience, organizations you belong to, hobbies.
|Another third of the jury assembly room is to the right|
Our group got sent to the third floor and we were called in alphabetically, so I was number 2. The jury selection, we were told, was going to take the rest of the week. Prospective jurors would be questioned in some cases individually. It probably could have been done a lot faster if the judge hadn't talked so slowly. And he said 'uhhh' so many times that I checked my watch for a minute. 25 times. That's almost one 'uhhh' every other second! The days would be from 8 to 1:30pm I think he said and only Monday through Thursday. Then the trial would last through the week of November 11.
He went through the questions again on the questionnaires we'd sent in when we first got the notices. Anyone not an American citizen? Anyone not over 18? Not an Alaskan resident? No one raised their hands. For that last question he said, "Good, because the names are taken from the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications."
Then we were asked if we knew the defendant, his attorney, or the prosecutor - who were all in the room - or any of the potential witnesses. Their names were put up on a screen and read. A woman knew all the police officers. Turned out she's a police dispatcher. Said she doesn't know them personally, just as a dispatcher. He kept her in the pool but said the attorneys would surely have more questions.
We have to call in each night this week to see if our numbers are called again. The judge said that last week there was judge training in Girdwood, so things were extra busy this week. (I called. I don't have to go Tuesday.)
Then I walked across rainy and darkly overcast downtown Anchorage to meet J for lunch.
Past these Russian dolls looking out the closed gift shop window at the rain.
This car hood catching and mixing rain drops.
Past the Club 25 building and Cyrano's across the street.
There seemed to be a number of new places I hadn't seen before, like the Bubbly Mermaid.
And across the Museum grounds.