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Relishing jury duty in the age of Trump

Relishing jury duty in the age of Trump

Nobody relishes serving on a jury. It’s inconvenient, time-consuming and — to anyone self-employed in this gig economy — a financial drain to boot.

Yet when I was empaneled and essentially caged in a 14th-floor courtroom of the Central Civil West Courthouse in Los Angeles for 11 days last month, I was surprised to experience it less as a constriction than as a release.

In an age increasingly defined by “alternative facts,” false equivalences, conspiracy theories and competing political narratives bearing only an incidental relationship to the truth, jury service was a welcome retreat into a purer realm — the realm of fact, evidence and due process under the law.


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