The corruption trial of Democrat Bob Menendez paused briefly this week so jurors could ask the judge for clarification on the meaning of one word. The fact that these people didn’t know the meaning of this word will make you wonder how they qualified to be on the jury in the first place.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Menendez jurors’ first question: What’s a senator?
The federal jury weighing Sen. Bob Menendez’s fate deliberated quietly for six hours Tuesday, emerging only to ask a question – one that struck observers as odd.
Can you define a senator? the panel of seven women and five men asked U.S. District Judge William H. Walls. Walls opted not to give the jurors the answer they sought — and also denied their request to have portions of the defense’s closing arguments read back to them. Instead the judge instructed jurors to rely on their memories of earlier court proceedings and reminded them that what the lawyers said was not evidence in the case.
For his part, Menendez, too, spent most of the first full day of deliberations cloistered behind closed doors. He emerged briefly toward the end of the day to chat with a crowd of supporters in the courtroom.
Perhaps we need to be teaching civics a little better in our schools. Yeesh!