True story

News that jury selection on the Bill Cosby case has begun left me unmoved — I just don't care about the star and his troubles — but it did remind me of another jury tale, told to me by a fellow attorney back when I was practicing law in Maine, long ago:

A jury pool had been assembled for a federal trial, and the judge who was to preside over that trial had been brought up from Massachusetts. As trial judge, he was also tasked with questioning the potential jurors, which he did:

"Does anyone here own a gun?", he asked.

At least three-quarters of the citizens in the pool, men and women, raised their hands. The judge was obviously shaken, but recovered quickly: "That's right, I'm in Maine, not Massachusetts. I should have asked, does anyone here not own a gun?"

Gotta love it.