I recently served on jury duty. I briefly considered bringing some FIJA pamphlets with me, but I didn't feel like getting myself arrested. This time, my goal was to get myself dismissed without actually serving on a jury. I would be missing out on my salary, for time spent on the jury. I figured "I understand jury nullification! I can think for myself!" would be sufficient to get myself disqualified. All the prospective jurors were dismissed, without even being questioned. In effect, I paid a tax of one day's salary, and the State didn't even derive any benefit.
My parents were concerned that I would be getting myself arrested, if I told the judge that I understood "jury nullification".
I was planning a detailed post on my jury duty experience. For a good laugh, watch the NYC jury duty propaganda film they showed us. I was a "petit juror", which meant criminal.
In the jury waiting room, a State bureaucrat gave us a briefing. He had the attitude of someone running detention in school. His attitude was "I get paid the same whether I do this quickly or slowly. Therefore, I'll take my time." It was an attitude I remember well from when I was in school.
The State bureaucrat did something very interesting. He said "Good morning, jurors!" A few people weakly responded "good morning". Then, he said "**GOOD MORNING, JURORS!!**" The second time, he got a louder response.
My reaction was "WTF? Is this school?" I remembered that, in school, the teacher or principal would say "Good Morning!", and get similarly angry when there was a weak response. This reflex was conditioned by years of public schooling.
I was shocked when I read this blog post by a criminal defense attorney.
He said "In nearly every criminal trial, the prosecutor uses the 'Good Morning...' trick." That blogger said it was merely an annoying thing that prosecutors do. In fact, it's a mind control trick. Do you see the evil fnord?“Good afternoon . . . GOOD AFTERNOON.”I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a prosecutor NOT use this old chestnut to try to “warm up” the jury. They say “Good morning,” and when the jury doesn’t respond enthusiastically say something like “I know you can do better than that. Good morning!” or “I said, ‘Good morning!’” I wonder if this seems cute to the jurors, or just patronizing. Am I jaded from having seen it a hundred times?
In a State brainwashing center, the teacher or principal uses the "Good Morning" trick to enforce discipline. By using this mind control trick, the prosecutor establishes himself as the equivalent of the teacher or principal! The prosecutor is setting himself up as the authority figure in the jurors' minds. There's another benefit. The prosecutor can eliminate people who don't give the conditioned response.
That blogger was offended by the "Good Morning" trick, but he didn't see the importance like I did. It's a mind control trick, establishing the authority of the prosecutor.
According to that blogger, most prosecutors use this trick. Did they discover it through trial and error? Is it part of the State brainwashing ritual? Did someone figure out "If teachers and prosecutors behave similarly, then it'll be easier to convict innocent people!" If every prosecutor does it, then someone is telling prosecutors to do it.
There are a lot of similarities between a court and a school or church.
- The juror waiting room looks like a school auditorium.
- The benches in a courtroom look like the benches in a church.
- The people stand up or sit down when the priest/judge orders them to.
- A priest wears black. A judge wears black.
- A church prominently displays a cross, the symbol of God. A courtroom prominently displays a flag, the symbol of the State.
- The judge's desk is like the altar of a church.
I noticed that some criminal defense attorney bloggers complain how the system is stacked against defendants. One says "Innocent until proven guilty is a lie. A defendant is acquitted only when he manages to overcome the presumption of guilt."
A lot of things in a courtroom are subtle mind control tricks. They establish the legitimacy of the judge and prosecutor. The "Good morning..." trick is used by prosecutors, to establish their authority.