THE SLEEPING JUROR
I tried a case in Fort Bend County County Court years ago where one of the reluctant jurors was the top IT Guy for a major hospital corporation in Houston. He ended up on the jury and realizing he would be in court all day, he spent the entire night at his office getting his work done. That way, he was free to sleep through the trial. And the judge let him.
Ordinarily, when jurors sleep, clever judges wake them in inventive ways like "Why don't the jurors stand up and stretch for a minute?"
However, this time, the judge was asleep in his own way. When I say this guy slept, I don't mean he took a "cat nap". No. He was out. With his head completely limp and fallen backward. Not just for part of the trial. But every time the jury would reconvene in the box, he would be out in a matter of minutes. As the Defense Attorney, I didn't mind.
However, when the foreman or foreperson of the jury was elected, I was shocked when Rip Van Winkle was elected forman. Did none of the other jurors see this guy sawing Zs? Nonetheless, Mr. Sleepytime was the Foreman and render a verdict he did. In my favor. Did I mention I thought sleepign jury foreman were the best? I love them....