I have to imagine that Judge Ronald Rubin of Rockville, Maryland, presiding over an otherwise-unremarkable auto collision case might have got just a little bit intimidated for a moment or two this week. But it sounds like he didn’t let it show and got the “fair and impartial” patter down anyway. Good show, Judge Rubin. And the Chief set a good example for the rest of us by not ducking the obviously-inconvenient-for-him-too summons to jury duty.
I bet he’d have really benefited from the experience of serving. If the lawyers had enough nerve to keep him on the panel. Plus, it was a six-member panel and when you’re number 49, both sides are going to run out of peremptory challenges before you’re going to get on the panel anyway.
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