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Friday, August 27, 2021

I feel cheated. When I served as a juror on a murder trial last month, there was no celebrity serving with me, no media circus, no invitation to be on TV afterward, and no chef-prepared lunch.

But that’s because Oprah Winfrey got called for jury duty in Illinois, not Florida. So I’m sure it wasn’t personal.

‘’I didn’t feel like, ‘Oh, gee, I put somebody away,’ ” said Winfrey, who invited her fellow former jurors to stay after the show for a lunch prepared by her personal chef. “In the end, it just felt sad.”

Funny, that’s much the way I felt. I didn’t regret my participation at all, but immediately afterward, I definitely felt more drained than I did satisfied.

I’m not comparing myself to Oprah — I’m a couple billion dollars short — but it occurs to me that we made similar use of our murder-trial experience. I used it for blog fodder, and got some pretty good content from it. Oprah used it on her show, and got a good change-of-pace segment out of it. Each of us used our medium to look back and to find closure. And get a little more exposure, naturally.

Of course, after that our paths diverged, ever-so-slightly: Oprah went on to interview Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. I went on to drain my car battery (again).

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 08/27/2004 10:24:00 AM
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