Bosque County, Texas – It’s been a long war.
at home, the iron fist in the velvet glove is in all ways both seen
and heard, as 220th District Judge Phil Robertson instructs the
veniremen called for jury duty on a frosty Monday morning.
are so-called because the Latin elliptical, venire,
recalls the antiquated opening phrase of a writ to a Sheriff ordering
a jury summons, to
cause you to come.
He is light-hearted and cheerful as he explains the large number of
no-shows and just why it takes so much time to call the roll of a
throng that completely packs a ceremonial courtroom covering the
entire second floor of the towered Italianate palace of justice.
the jury wheel was composed of registered voters. “As you may
imagine,” he tells the standing room only crowd, “those who
bother to register to vote will likely bother to show up.”