This Associated Press report chronicles the first two days in the trial between the bankruptcy trustee of MF Global Holdings and PwC. The story is fine, a classic example of AP reporting, but two sentences make it truly remarkable (and thus worthy of our pages here):
What was originally a highly technical case newsworthy mostly because it involved the former governor of New Jersey has garnered additional interest after the negative publicity PwC received regarding its handling of the Oscars. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero had to dismiss several potential jurors on Monday after those persons claimed to have “strong feelings or opinions” about PwC.
Sure, one or two of these potential jurors could’ve been former PwC employees who got worked into the ground. And sure, maybe there was one or two KPMG executives who harbor grudges about the partner poaching that’s gone on over the years.
But it’s also just as likely that a few people who weren’t keen to sit on jury for five weeks made the snap decision to write: “How do you screw up handing someone an envelope? IDIOTS!” on their questionnaire.