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Grand Jury

The news this week has me thinking a great deal about our criminal justice system and how broken it is on so many levels. Obviously I was not in the grand jury room and did not hear the evidence, but I did have the opportunity to sit on a grand jury in the late 90's. As a recent law grad, it was fascinating -- watching the prosecutors outline each element of the charge through witnesses and other evidence -- it was a real life demo of everything I learned in my criminal law and procedure classes, which were some of my favorites in law school. That said, it was also a horrifying window into how screwed up our criminal justice system really is. A few weeks in, several of my fellow grand jurors still didn't seem to understand that we weren't *trying* the cases, but merely seeing if they met the rather low evidentiary standard for indictment and that the trial came later.  It was stunning. We'll likely never know how each grand juror in Ferguson ultimately came to his or her decision, but it seems odd from an outside perspective that the very low indictment standard wasn't met by the prosecution.

Back to my work increasing access to justice and improving the legal system, I guess . . .


Flashback Friday

Yeah, yeah. I know that #TBT is a *thing* but I'm feeling nostalgic today. I was looking through old blog posts yesterday and some of it is absolutely cringe-worthy (in my first post I explained that I was starting a "weblog." Oy.). That said, I stumbled on one of my favorite posts, which is still totally relevant today -- What's in a Name -- or the fact that nobody you date gets called by their real name for quite some time, but is only known by a nickname of some sort. I'm trying to think if I have any good ones from more recent times, but am coming up short . . . maybe some of you can help!


TGIF

After a few long weeks, I'm eagerly looking forward to a relaxing weekend, with an emphasis on exercise, household chores, and catching up with friends. I've been running around like a crazy person - in Williamsburg three separate times this week, going to and recovering from Jess & Hal's lovely wedding, and taking a two-day intensive management course. In contrast, tonight's agenda involves the gym, laundry, cooking, and catching up on guilty pleasure TV with Mox. Can't wait.