Ben Parzybok

situation ambiguous

Wherein I serve justice

Otherwise known as the opportunity to read uninterrupted for two days.

Really though, I’ve always wanted jury duty and it has seemed some unfair lottery that 2+ decades have gone by since I became the legal age to be an arbiter and haven’t been called once. Therefore, I am taking the job very seriously and have arrived in a cape, and the hat with the weighty scale of justice affixed to the top, for good measure.




Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson



  1. Me too! I FINALLY got on a jury after being called probably five times and being dismissed every time. Other people don’t understand that this is something I WANT to do. Have you found the same in your discussions with others?

  2. Sadly I wasn’t picked… I really wanted to be. You sit in the courthouse waiting for the computer to randomly pull your name, and then head to questioning where they decide if you’re fit for the job and alas, the computer never pulled my name.

    But yes — many people seem to think of it as a hassle. I couldn’t wait to watch the process. Hopefully next time.

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