Week 3

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 Once again, Judge Walker had plenty of idle time in his courtroom. When he comes to work he does not necessarily know what he has on his docket unless he has a trial scheduled or something big like that, and this week, similar to last week, he just didn’t have much going on. After sitting in the courtroom for a while, the judge’s clerk, Linda, got on her computer and basically all of the clerks have this instant messaging type program where they can communicate with each other during the day and get immediate feedback (extremely convenient). Linda asked the clerks if there was anything interesting going on in any of the courtrooms and she got quite a few responses from clerks who’s courtrooms were going through trials. As a result, I ended up visiting Judge Christopher Marshall’s courtroom down the hall and sitting in on a trial for a man being charged with possession of cocaine (which is a felony in Oregon). It was an interesting case because the defendant did not own the car he was driving and furthermore claimed that he did not own the cocaine and was completely unaware that it was there. I’m not going to go in to detail about the evidence presented, but basically it was up to the jury to decide whether or not they believed the defendant owned the cocaine or not and I think it could have easily gone either way. I left the courtroom when the jurors went to go deliberate so I don’t know what the outcome was.

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