Last week, the juror questionnaire in the Aaron Hernandez case became public. It got the LVL brass to thinking what if Hernandez was a runner, and what if a runner had to fill-out the questionnaire. Below is a smattering of juror questions and how the LVL would answer them.
- Do you have any problem with your vision or hearing or any other medical issue that would make it difficult or impossible for you to serve as a juror in this case?
I am a runner. I don’t really have a medical issue but I do need to run every day. Will I be able to run on my lunch break? If so, I’m good. If not, I think it would be impossible for me to serve as a juror. I have to hit 70 miles this week. Also, I don’t like to sit for long periods of time. Would it be possible to stand instead of sit during the trial? And when I’m standing, are things like knee bends and lunges frowned upon? I hope not.
- Have you, any member of your family or a close personal friend ever been the victim of, witnessed to, arrested for, or charge with a crime?
I have urinated in public before a race. I have also been accused-but never convicted-of indecent exposure for wearing a 3-inch inseam split short during a tempo run on the Charles River. Apparently, some uptight BU coeds were offended.
- If you have gained information about this case from television, newspapers, magazines, radio, or the internet (including social media), please list all the potential sources in which you gained such information.
Level Renner’s Facebook page
Level Renner’s Twitter Feed
I might have seen something on LetsRun too.
27. Do you own or possess any firearms fuel belts?
That’s not fair. We all go through an awkward stage in our running career. But, yes, I do own a fuel belt. In my own defense, I only wear it on 80+ degree days for runs of 16 miles or more.
- Do you or any members of your family have tattoos a pair of Vibram FiveFingers?
Yes…but see above.
- Do you believe that Mr. Hernandez is more likely to be guilty of the charges in this case because he has tattoos a pair of Vibram FiveFingers than an individual without tattoos a pair of Vibram FiveFingers would be?
I know this might be the pot calling the kettle black but yes.
- There may be evidence in this case regarding Mr. Hernandez’s possession or use of marijuana participation in color runs. Do you have any opinions about marijuana color runs that would make you unable to decide this case on the evidence presented and the law stated in this case?
Yes. I think color runs are more like recreational parades than competitive sporting events. Frankly, I am disappointed that Mr. Hernandez paid at least $50 to be sprayed with washable paint while running.
- Are you a fan of the New England Patriots USATF?
Well, I am a member of USATF, but they recently made a decision that screwed Bob Hersh, so they aren’t too high up on my priority list at the moment.
- Have you ever attended a New England Patriots USATF event?
I have not only attended such an event but even participated in one. Haven’t you ever heard of the USATF-NE GPS? That grand prix is legit. Unreal competition. There’s nothing like it. Rub your shoulders with the elites and compete your ass off against fellow age groupers. Talk about a runner’s high. Talk about endorphins. I mean this is why I run.
- In this case you will hear evidence that the defendant is a professional football player runner for the New England Patriots Nike Oregon Project. Is there anything about that fact that would impair your ability to be fair and impartial?
Oh boy. You had to go there. I like Galen Rupp and Mary Cain. What Rupp did at BU last year was simply amazing and that treadmill workout AFTER his race was something for the ages. And Mary Cain, she just seems so nice. However, controversy swirls around this team. I heard they were in cahoots with USATF and even tried to get some runners disqualified last year in the national indoor championships. Not sure if that’s true but if it is, well, I don’t know how anybody could be fair and impartial with that knowledge.
So, there you have it. How would you answer these questions if you were a potential juror in this case? Leave a comment or let us know via our social media channels.