"Do you mean to tell me, that if there was a law against state attorneys using blue pens and you found incontrovertible evidence that I was using blue pens, you could not follow the law and render a guilty verdict based on the evidence alone?" A few years ago, I found myself sitting in a jury booth as a prosecutor questioned me.
The air sucked out of the courtroom as its assembled human beings—including other prospective jurists, a judge, and a defendant—waited for my answer.
"No," I replied.
"Why would I put a human being in a cage for using a blue pen? That is a nonviolent act and there is no victim, so why would I forcibly confine someone for that?" I continued.
I heard a couple quiet gasps break the tight silence.
"Ok, thank you very much," the state attorney concluded.
Shockingly, I was not chosen to sit on the jury.