Listen carefully to the charges when you are being questioned for jury duty.
One case I was called for, the charges were "Attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a handgun."
"Hummm," I said to myself, "that sounds like three-strikes." So this teenager should be locked away for the rest of his life--mind you, I haven't heard any details yet, but I knew that, in California, even people who kill others get out quicker than someone with three-strikes who doesn't kill anyone.
The court will hide this detail from the jury, and never use the words "mandatory minimum" or "three-strikes" until the jury has given its verdict. I knew that because my lawyer boss was suckered into doing that to a defendant who stole something from a store.
I'm sorry, now, that I told the judge that I used to think ignorance of the law was no excuse (back when they made sense), but that now it was an excellent excuse. I said I could follow his instructions, if they made sense and were Constitutional, but that if they didn't, I would vote for justice. I was thanked, and excused by the judge.
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