At an event this weekend I happened to sit next to a man who is running for a position in the Washington State legislature. He's a Republican running in a district that always votes Republican. He said that he's recently retired from a school superintendent's job and before that had a career in the Air Force. When the subject turned to my current jury duty service, and without my saying anything about the case that was going to be tried (I wasn't selected to sit on the jury), I talked about selection process with the judge and attorneys asking questions of the pool of potential jurors in order to select 12 plus 1 alternate. This Republican candidate told me that he would not have been selected to be a juror for the trial because all he would want to know is how long they were going to put the guy away for. Not innocent until proven guilty? Individual rights? Nope. No need for trials, not according to this Republican. Scary stuff, I'm thinking.

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