My weekly column, “Good Fences,” will not appear for the next two weeks. Readers who are pleased that the world will be spared my flawed judgment should not leap to celebrate, however; I am participating even more directly in the flow of events by serving on Grand Jury duty. Unlike jury duty, I don’t sit on a trial but rather hear several cases a day of people who were arrested and vote with my fellow jurors on whether to indict and send to trial or dismiss and send home. Disclosure of our doings would be a felony, but I think I can say the experience so far hasn’t improved my feelings toward the justice system.
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).