OK, for those of you that noticed that I just posted while serving on a jury, let me defend myself. I wasn’t picked; in fact, there was no trial at all. We all sat around for about 45 minutes until the bailiff came in to let us know that all the cases had “worked out” and we were to be excused.
On a side note, pro se defendants and lawyers may have picked an especially unfortunate day not to have tried their case to this particular panel. Imagine my surprise when I found out that fellow Austin criminal defense lawyer David Gonzalez, recently featured in Texas Lawyer and named Austin Bar Association 2008 lawyer of the year, was also a potential juror. (Can anyone say **cough cough **“preemptory challenge” **cough cough?)