Ahh, jury duty. There’s nothing quite like getting that summons in the mail, an invitation to fulfill our civic duty to fairly to impartially weigh the evidence in cases involving our peers in society.
And no one is immune to the task. Not even elected prosecutors.
Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge received his summons recently, and is on call this week for his chance to get on a panel.
“I’ll call in Sunday night just like everyone else,” Hauge said.
Granted, the odds are slim to none that any judge, especially in a criminal case, would allow the sitting prosecutor on a jury. The conflicts seem steep (for instance, he’d be watching a deputy prosecutor — who answers to him — try a case).
How far Hauge gets in the process remains to be seen.
“It’s up to the judge,” he said.