I did not get the jury. It was a stalking case, and one of the questions that the defense attorney asked was if any of us had ever experienced stalking, or anything like it. Two other jurors had difficulties with boyfriends who didn't take, "It's over" well, and I related my experiences with death threats, harassing phone calls to me, obscene phone calls to my kids, back in the 1990s from some political activists. I suspect that this is what knocked me off the jury.
I was a bit surprised (and the jury commissioner was obviously disappointed) at how few of those summoned to jury duty actually showed up. Weather was bad, but still.
My impression of Judge Roger Cockerille was pretty positive. He gave the prosecutor and defense attorney considerable leeway to ask questions during voir dire, but he was also prepared to get them to move forward towards a conclusion on questioning, and handled the only objection (by the prosecutor) in what seemed a fair manner.
This being a very small county--and most of the jury pool who showed up being from the area near where the stalking incidents were alleged to have happened--there were a lot of people who were bumped because they knew one of the victims well. One member of the jury had roomed with one of the victims; another had employed him some years ago, and was friends with one of the witnesses. I think there were some ties between members of the pool and this victim. As Judge Cockerille pointed out, in a county this small, if you exclude everyone who even slightly knew either party, you would have a hard time making up a jury.
When the question was asked about previous contacts with the judicial system, I began to wonder if perhaps a DUI conviction was a requirement to live in Boise County! Admittedly, this is a very common crime in America.
UPDATE: Almost forgot: a herd of elk crossed the highway in front of me on my way out of Idaho City.