Mar 31, 2012
Mrs. Swanson declined to serve on the jury because she was not a believer in capital punishment and didn’t want her beliefs to get in the way of the trial. "But, madam," said the public defender, who had taken a liking to her kind face and calm demeanor, "this is not a murder trial. It is merely a civil lawsuit being brought by a wife against her husband. He gambled away the ten thousand dollars he’d promised to spend on a cruise for their anniversary." "Hmm..." reflected Mrs. Swanson. "Okay, I’ll serve. I could be wrong about capital punishment."