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It’s amazing how people are drawn to others during jury duty. You immediately figure out the nuances on who would “talk” and who would rather stay to themselves during the breaks and lunches. After a few days, some of us started lunching together.
One day while we were in line at Pompei across from the Dirksen Building, we noticed that one of the defendants who was not in custody was standing in line behind us. That was a little nerve-wracking. He was one of the two defendants that I could not have taken.
There were probably six or seven of us who were close during that time. In lieu of our juror numbers and actual names, we resorted to nicknames. These included:
Goomba – Me (I was big, and reminded everyone of Frank Saladino aka Goomba, a defendant who died before the trial)
Red – Explained earlier (cute redhead)
Candy Striper or Striper – Former owner of a candy store in the suburbs
Target — Local pharmacist
Auctioneer – Fast talker that no one could really understand
Shorty – A tall juror, who we used Frank, Sr., speak and deemed “Shorty”
Gator – A guy who wore a lot of the University of Florida gear
Lindy – Was Lindy. He didn’t buy into the anonymous stuff, and wanted to use regular names.
Blondie – Had Blonde hair, again, one of the more creative names.
The list went on, but you get the picture. I am actually in touch with a few of them to this day. In fact, many are following the blog right now. (Feel free to leave a comment!) I have not seen my guy Lindy, nor heard from him since the trial. We talked Cubs daily, and I’d check the Doppler daily for him on my phone so he could gauge his commute home. We shared a lot of laughs, and I hope he is doing well.
These are all great people, and we were attached. Unless you lived through the trial, there is no way that you could truly understand the experience.
We may have a reunion in the future.
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