Update on Juror #5

The public defender grilled Steve this morning, asking if he had a mother, still living, and if she was in her 80’s.

“Why, yes,” Steve answered. “In fact, my mother-in-law is still living, too, and is in her 80’s.”

(Now that I can blog about it…the case is a double homicide of two elderly ladies, plus three other counts of burglary and assault.)

“The thing is,” Steve went on to say, “I know how defenseless and vulnerable my mother and mother-in-law are.”

“Well,” said the public defender, “I agree that elderly people might seem defenseless, but can you separate your feelings so that you can be objective about this case?”

Steve hesitated just a second too long.

And Juror #5 was dismissed!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    Ahh, the art of hesitation!

    Sounds like a book!

    And it sounds like that's one trial he didn't NEED to be sitting in and hearing the details of, regardless of whether he "could" separate his emotions>

  2. Lily Ann says:

    Hip, Hip, Hooray for Juror #5!! Being speechless does have it’s perks. Not that I’ve ever experienced that–you know, the speechless part!