I’d like to provide a post-jury service summary for those who might be interested. My jury service came to a disappointing end as I found myself disagreeing with the majority of my fellow jurors. This was a civil case and the rules required a super-majority of 9 jurors of 12 agreeing on the amount of money to award the plaintiff.
The trial started on Tuesday and the jury didn’t deliberate until about 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. When I entered the jury room for deliberations with my CGM glucose trending slowly down from the high 70’s (low 4’s). I was expecting for the CGM to level out and that did not happen.
While I was distracted with the start of deliberations, my BG kept slowly falling. I started to feel hypo symptomatic and checked with fingerstick. It showed a 67 (3.7). I ate one glucose tab even though I don’t usually treat until I fall below 65 (3.6). My CGM was tracking well and I ate 2-3 more glucose tabs in the next 30 minutes. During that time another finger poke revealed a 57 (3.2).
I was taking part in the discussion although I was not feeling at 100%. Unfortunately, it was during this time that most of the jurors took a position for the defendant. My sense of justice stood with the plaintiff. Mine and one other juror’s comments helped move the award from very low to just low. This is where the verdict settled.
Reviewing my participation, I felt badly. Even though my BGs were at levels where impairment begins, I didn’t feel completely disabled. The vote was 10-2 in favor of this verdict, so it wasn’t a close case. My uneasiness with my participation stems from me wondering if my BGs were in a better range, perhaps I could have said something to help move the jury closer to my position. I did my best and it wasn’t a close call.
I still feel uneasy with the outcome this case. The plaintiff was a woman who suffered permanent bodily damage and left to endure lifelong chronic pain. It also left her physically disfigured. I found her case compelling but my fellow jurors did not.
Thinking back, I wonder if I should have stopped the deliberations until my BG came back in range. It would have been a 45 minute delay for a room full of jurors that just wanted to be done. I don’t think it would have mattered except to my personal view of my performance as impacted by diabetes. I now wonder how I will handle future summons for jury duty.