Jury duty day two. Friday my group was instructed to report this morning to a courtroom on the high-security floor, leading me to speculate it would be a gang case. The judge in question is known to me. He is renowned for carrying a gun on the bench and occasionally noting its presence. I know him more particularly for some execrable rulings in cases I was connected with in one way or another, including on one occasion indulging the District Attorney's Office by issuing a search warrant for a substantial city newspaper, thus shutting it down for the day, because the DA wanted to discover whether a particular law firm had ordered a particular advertisement in that paper. (A prosecutorial agency with more respect for the First Amendment or the rule of law would have arranged for a grand jury subpoena for the documents; the DA's decision to search and effectively shut down a newspaper for the day just to obtain advertising records even managed to draw the disapproval of competing paper the Los Angeles Times, which under other circumstances has been a reliably meek lapdog of the DA.)
Anyway, that's all based on what I knew and learned before I took an oath regarding the jury selection process. I'll interpret that oath broadly to prevent me from liveblogging the process. More if and when I am kicked off, which I suspect will happen today.
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