You would come on Sundays, that’s when it was family time for about three hours. You know, you could sit outside with your family a couple of times. When you were on that jury, did you have any idea the extent of how big this case was? We couldn’t even look outside when we were in the courtroom. We weren’t allowed to go to the window and look out and see stuff like that. You could kind of hear the chatter, but we were so far up, on the eleventh floor or something, so you couldn’t hear exactly what they were saying.
I didn’t follow his career as a football player or his acting career. Simpson] showed the process of different jurors being eliminated for different reasons. ” Because most of the time, if they called them out, they didn’t come back. Were there suspicions that certain people wanted other people out of there? There were certain people who wanted other jurors off, and if they could do something to help kick them off, they would do it!
You kind of had the feeling [that] if you’re in the jury room and they called a certain juror out, you were like, “Okay, is he or she coming back or is this it?
you can’t talk about the trial” and just sit there and listen. Different restaurants would invite us to dinner, we got movie passes where we would go to the movies on Saturday, things like that. But I think they had artists in there that I think would make sketches of us and they would show it on TV.
On Wednesday afternoons after court, you could have people come down to the courthouse to visit. That’s my one solid memory of the whole ordeal was visiting the courthouse. For the most part, the visits were down at the courthouse in the juror assembly room, but because it lasted so long they had a few outings with visits at different locations. I do remember when they would take us shopping, but I don’t remember the juror [in episode eight] was talking about Target and Ross. This media circus helped prompt the 24-hour news cycle we know today.
I think the biggest misconception is they feel we really didn’t deliberate.
They were upset that it only took us about four hours. They knew we were getting to the end, and everybody wanted to go home.
You could tell some people really wanted to get on that jury. But she apparently went to the deputies and told them so, you know, of course they had to report it to the judge.
I just always felt it was meant to be, that there was some reason I was chosen to be on there. I was standing next to him and I don’t recall any of that happening.
And then later, I saw what the reactions were when blacks heard the verdict and then when whites heard it. Seeing the complete opposite visceral reactions, were you disgusted by the cheers? Even in the jury, when we were still in the jury panel, I started crying before I even left out of the courtroom.