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?
Guilty or Innocent?
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