Performing Arts

Weekly conversations and insights on the fine line between setback and success in the performing arts. Fellow creatives share their own journey as artists and the lessons learned along the way with host Patrick Oliver Jones, an actor who knows first-hand the ups and downs we all face.

December 31, 2018

Jury Duty, One Actor’s Journey Into the Justice System (Bite-Size Edition)

In this episode, Patrick shares one thing that has kept him from auditioning and finding work...jury duty. That civic obligation that many try to get out of has become yet another obstacle to making it. 

But Patrick diligently fulfilled his duty and rendered a verdict on an attempted murder case involving a babysitter. This is certainly a different kind of episode for the podcast, but nonetheless it's a fascinating story with twists and turns and surprises, just the kind of "ripped from the headlines" case they feature on LAW & ORDER.

For more on the case, read about some of the most important moments in the trial:

The Retrial of Marianne Benjamin-Williams
The Father Takes the Stand
Mother's Emotional Testimony
Defense Doctor Provides Alternate Possibility
Defendant Takes the Stand
Manhattan DA Press Release on Verdict

Prosecutors and Defendant

Whether you call it dun, dun, chung, chung or bong,'s ubiquitous with the L&O franchise.
"Law & Order" sound effect conceived by Mike Post, produced by Dick Wolf.

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