Monique Diaz spent the better part of a day in Bexar County’s Central Jury Room, but not because it was her turn in the monthly rotation to be supervising judge.
Instead, Diaz was among the hundreds that began showing up Tuesday in the basement of the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center, where they waited for a number to be called so they could fulfill their civic responsibility: jury duty.
After about seven hours, Diaz was released a little after 3 p.m.
“Sadly, this little piece of paper in front of me means that I was released without getting picked. So, I will have to wait three years before I can be considered to serve again as a juror here in Bexar County.”
Diaz still can be summoned on the federal, justice of the peace or grand jury levels.
Five panels ended up being sent to courtrooms, Diaz said, with two ultimately going on to jury selection, known as voir dire.
This story originally appeared in the San Antonio Express News, you can read it here.