Several years ago, I was about to begin in North Carolina. Our trial team loaded up for a trial of indefinite length and checked into the only motel in town. We were told at the front desk that a Walmart was coming soon. The manager also said that their phone book was the only one in North Carolina that was always smaller than the year before… because people kept moving away. What can you say to that?
It was Friday afternoon and the trial was to start on Monday. So, we swung by the courthouse to pick up the jury panel list and we got to work. We started driving by the houses for any indication of what kind of juror may live at that house. That included looking at their cars to see the bumper stickers on the back of their bumpers.
I realize now that driving by jurors homes is a bit intrusive. I had only been practicing a couple of years, so I suppose that I made a lot of crazy decisions back then. Of course, I later learned that turning down the offer was also a bad idea, as the verdict came in for less. As the judge said at the beginning of trial, “Counselor, you need to settle this case. Everyone in this county has nothing, and they want everyone else to have nothing”.
The bumper sticker “viewing” was some idea that I had heard at a seminar. Later, I saw a movie that included that question in jury selection. Apparently that Hollywood movie writer had heard the same idea.
Bumper stickers probably aren’t quite as popular now, but maybe we should come out with a give-away bumper sticker that reads, “I hate bumper stickers”.
With that in mind, I saw these pictures of bumper stickers posted online that were recently seen on the road. What kind of jurors are driving these cars?