I have always wanted to serve jury duty, but somehow in the six states I've lived in since I came of voting age, I've never been asked. So as the big Casey Anthony trial approaches, and I happen to live in Florida now, there's been this little glimmer of hope in the back of my mind that perhaps this will be my big chance. Of course, there are plenty of reasons I couldn't do it if I was selected -- like the two children I have to raise -- but now, there's another, almost equally prohibiting reason I would need to be excused from jury duty: The jurors may not be allowed to watch Lifetime or Lifetime Movie Network.
That's just a deal breaker right there for me ... well, you know, if I was allowed to break deals for such reasons in legal matters.
According to WESH.com, the judge presiding over the case, Belvin Perry, released a list of television stations the jurors will be able to watch while sequestered for an estimated eight weeks. It included 20 channels such as the Home Shopping Network, TVLand, Cartoon Network, and Bravo. Prosecutors, however, object to the two Lifetime channels that were also on the list.
To me, that sounds like cruel and unusual punishment -- to sequester jurors and give them little outside materials with which to fill their time, then ban one of the best time fillers ever: Lifetime movies. When I even sniff the possibility of a few hours of unfilled time, I immediately start dreaming of curling up with a good Lifetime movie. In fact, they are perhaps what I miss more than anything else about my life before having kids (they're up there at least). I remember plenty of long, lazy weekend days watching two, three, four, or more in a row before Barney took over.
To think of all those spare hours to fill, and not being able to fill them with the shocking, scandalous, tear-jerking, heartbreaking movies, makes me certain I would go mad.
The good news is that if they can get a list of programming for May, June, and July, they may withdraw their objection, but why make it anyway?
My first thought was there's a Lifetime movie I missed about Anthony they don't want jurors to see, but as far as I can tell, there is none. They have been in talks about doing one as the whole tragic case just screams Lifetime movie, but even if that's the case, I fail to see how that would influence jurors if it's not airing. Are the other movies that powerful?
Of course, nobody wants to see a mistrial. So if jurors must be subjected to hours of Home Shopping Network, I suppose it's a small price to pay for a fair trial. I'm just now hoping against hope that I'm not one who will have to pay it.
Do you love Lifetime movies?
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