…other lawyers, but I admit I was surprised to see that John Kerry made it on to a Boston jury, where he served as foreman. It’s hard to imagine a case where one side or the other wouldn’t want to strike him.
This doesn’t appear to have been much of a lawsuit; two individuals sued the city, alleging they were injured in a collision with a city employee, and the trial only lasted two days. But the verdict does seem to have been a little unusual:
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding the city negligent, but rejecting damages for the plaintiffs.
In other words, the jury found the city to be liable, but didn’t award the plaintiffs any money. It’s entirely possible that this was the right verdict, of course, but I couldn’t help thinking that it typifies Kerry’s split-the-baby career. He was for the plaintiffs before he was against them!