I am proud to say that I allowed King County Superior Court to violate my Constitutionally-protected rights this week. I accepted jury duty.
Washington State’s jury duty law is in direct contradiction of Article XIII of the U.S. Constitution.
But what’s a little slavery among friends? I’m happy to be considered as a potential adjudicating peer of any accused grand thief, murderer, or driver with an Breathalyzer reading that is allegedly over the legally allowable statistic. And the experience gave me the opportunity to hear portions of the case of David A. Johnson, the black entrepreneur who had the misfortune of running into Silas Potter, head of the Seattle Public School district’s Regional Small Business Development Program [whose much-celebrated purpose, illegal on its face, was to give small businesses aid based on racial and gender preferences]. Potter, in turn, worked for or with: a) the Seattle Schools Superintendent, b) its Chief Financial and Operations Officer and directly under c) the now-awesome Fred Stephens.
Their collective political enterprise came apart. (more…)