Guilty or Innocent?


You former AP English folks may recall the mock trials we conducted in class: Is Raskolnikov, the protagonist in the novel Crime and Punishment, guilty or innocent of murder? We divided the class into three parts: prosecution, defense and jury. I served as the judge. Well, for the past two days I’ve been serving jury duty at the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland. There are a couple of hundred other folks here in the Jury Room, all of us biding our time to see if our name is randomly selected. If we’re called, we may be a jury member for a civil or criminal case. Yesterday, my name wasn’t called. Today, who knows? In the mean time, I sit here and work on Novel #2, Trout Run. I’ve been wondering if Eddy and Em were ever tried for murder, and you were serving on the jury, would you find them guilty or innocent?

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