My moments as a most important person in Pitt County were brief, but not without some drama and a laugh toward the end.
Actually, I was only one of maybe 60 or so citizens this week deemed “most important” by Pitt County Superior Court Judge Marvin Blount and Clerk of Court Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes. They and deputy clerk Brandon Ruth presided over and shepherded through the courthouse a disparate assortment of so-lucky souls summoned to jury duty for the week.
Hearing the explanation of our VIP status, conferred by the central and singular role jurors play in the day-to-day grinding of justice in the community, the moment was not lost on us as we sat in a courtroom listening first to Clerk Rhodes and later Judge Blount — at first wondering how the week might go for us, but later feeling at least a little proud to be there.
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