Just did another stint with jury duty. Third time being called since September. This time it was for ongoing sexual abuse of a child.
I didn’t get selected. Because I said I was biased because forget getting to the indictment stage, just coming forward about sexual abuse is so rare that even getting to the kid actually telling someone means it’s pretty likely that it actually happened. The defense stopped asking me questions at that point, just skipped over me.
I hate the jury selection procedures. The prosecution and the defense throw out enough “hypotheticals” that by the end of it you know not only what the (alleged) crime is, but you know how the two sides are going to proceed.
In this case, the prosecution was going to allege that this dude repeatedly assaulted a young girl in his family, and that she didn’t come forward right away because she was scared to tell anyone.
The defense is going to paint said child as a malicious liar who is being manipulated by an older sibling into making a false accusation.
This is just so @#$@#ed up. No wonder nobody ever comes forward when being abused. No wonder nobody is willing to go through the trial. No wonder false accusations are such a small statistically unlikely occurrence.
And of course the other prospective jurors just ate it up, especially the former teachers. Kids lie all the time. They’re malicious awful creatures.
Hell, the defense attorney wasn’t any better. When asking us a hypothetical about the punishment, he made a comment about girls who were 13 going on 30, and if a 13 year old who looked like an adult was dating and having sex with a 17 year old for a six month period, then surely that would be not that big a deal (the defendant was obviously a middle-aged man). WTF? A 13 year old is still a child even if she has breasts. Especially if she has breasts. Seventeen year olds should be damn careful that they’re not having sex with middle-schoolers. And if they are, that is in no way the 13 year old’s fault.
I don’t know what would be a better system. I’d like to imagine that having these cases be decided judicially would be better for the victims, but judges are probably no better than normal people for being influenced by the patriarchy. Just look at the supreme court.