Rep. Jared Polis has now, officially, sat in judgment of his fellow man. The verdict: Jury duty is A-OK.
The Colorado Democrat Tuesday got tapped to report to Boulder County Court. He spent Wednesday hashing out the particulars of the assigned case — a minor dust-up involving ownership of a dangerous animal — with his fellow panelists.
“All of the jury members were very thoughtful, and we were unanimous in our verdict," Polis said in an email about his vote to acquit the pet owner in question.
The sequester-free experience marked Polis’ inaugural visit to a jury box. "For all six of us, it was our first time,” he noted.
Although his schedule was predictably full (something about an election next week … ), Polis appears to have emerged from the brief stint ever-appreciative of democracy in general.
"Serving on a jury is one of those things like voting; it's a responsibility of citizenship. Even when it's not convenient, it's our responsibility to our justice system and to our country,” he said via email. “It was an honor to be able to serve, even though it came at a very challenging time."
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