Voices from the Grand Jury
Manager of grand jury operations to jurors during the orientation
“You can take notes but don’t ask me for more writing paper. The more paper I buy, the more people use it.”
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2nd Degree Murder while Armed (drug deal gone sour)
Juror to witness (mother of victim): What was the fence in your backyard made of? Metal, wood?
Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) to the juror: I don’t see how that is relevant. You have heard testimony that the shooter shot the victim over the fence.
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2nd Degree Burglary, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Obstruction of Justice
AUSA to victim
“What was taken from the apartment?”
“Two flat screen TVs.”
“An air conditioner.”
“My daughter’s toys.”
“Dishes and place mats.”
“Food from the refrigerator.”
“Food from the refrigerator?”
“Yeah, hamburger meat.”
Family Tree from Provincial Poland
Your father is not your father;
Half of your family is not your family.
Do you want to hear more?
During the War, your father was a POW,
Your mother hid a Jew—a lawyer from Lomza.
He stayed a year and had to leave
When neighbors started asking questions.
You are his son.
(Read more—scroll to page 10)
Here are a few more in print and online:
“It’s No Good” (book review) in HTMLGiant
“Seacocks—The Unsung Heroes” in Everyday Genius
“Night of Border Controls” in The Avalon Literary Review
“She Says ‘Hello” to His Would Be Lovers” in Impeachable
“Family Tree from Provincial Poland” and “She Says ‘Hello” to His Would Be Lovers” in the Diversion Press Poetry Anthology