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In July of 1996, Jay Levine sat on the jury of a small criminal case in New York City. It involved two separate yet equally important groups: The police, who investigated the crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecuted the offenders. These are their stories. DUN DUN!

Jury Duty i (9/15)

July 3, 1996

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→ Later 2pm

After more interminable waiting we were led into the jury room, the deliberation room where I suffered momentary indecision trying to count the chairs around the table and decided if I, as alternate, should assume to relegate myself to one of the peripheral chairs. There were only 10 around the table (as well as several on outer orbit against the walls) so since other, real jurors would similarly have to sit peripherally, I sat solidly down in a table-adjacent chair and proceeded to wait some more, listening (and not contributing) to the idle time-passing chatter of my peers. Slightly awkward, this – chit chat about movies etc.

Anyway, then we were led into the courtroom via this rear entrance and again were face to face w/judge Bradley, DA Hayes, defendants Lucky + Moore, both attorneys, court stenographer, bailiff, a couple of security types, and a scattering of observers (relatives of Moore or Lucky, I presume). The judge delineated the basic recipe for our situation, and the attorneys launched opening statements 

Case is thus: 

On May 27th, 5 Asian people were advancing north on B-Way. Man on left side, woman, 2 kids, another man, in a line across the sidewalk. Behind them, allegedly, approaches the defendants, Moore + Lucky. Moore allegedly detoured… [whoops, we’re called to observe]

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