Last night, I was excited to discover that one of my favorite movies -- 12 Angry Men -- was in the free movies section of On Demand. If you haven't seen the film, it is a great film that provokes thought about the role of jury duty in American society. Even if you are not fond of black and white films, the acting is expressive enough to bring color to your imagination.
I won't spoil the movie, but I'll give the premise. Almost all of the movie takes place in a jury deliberation room. The jury is deliberating the fate of an 18-year-old boy who allegedly killed his father. If convicted, the kid gets the electric chair. The twelve jurors have strong opinions about the case, and the deliberations reveal both good and ugly sides of human nature.
After watching the movie (and observing how the different characters portray attitudes toward jury duty), I thought of this week's poll question.
How do you perceive jury duty?
(a) A waste of time.
(b) An honorable thing to do.
(c) A fun sideshow.
(d) A way to earn a few extra bucks.
There are other types cast in the movie. It really is a wonderful film. If you feel that these other types capture your view on jury duty, feel free to share them in the comments. As with all polls, this one is open for a week. Vote early, often, and on the sidebar. Tell your friends to vote, and if you're called for jury duty this week, tell your fellow jurors to vote as well. But, don't worry. Unlike the verdict of guilty, the answer to this poll need not be unanimous.