Today I'm thankful for the really positive experience I had serving as a juror.
My understanding of what it would be like to actually serve as a juror was formed mostly from reading Homicide, by David Simon. Reality, however, was nothing like that. All of the jurors were very engaged, paid close attention to the trial, and took their responsibility very seriously. Each of us did our part to serve justice, to listen to one another, and to genuinely consider what everyone had to say. Our judicial system is not perfect, but it's much better than I thought it was. I'm glad that we have a right to trial by jury, and I am thankful.