Posted March 27, 2018, 3:18 pm CDT
Kris Gerig and Sarah Abbott first met when they served on a New Orleans jury in August 2015 for a theft case.
Gerig says he immediately noticed Abbott, who ended up as an alternate. “I thought it would be nice to end up on a jury with her,” Gerig told the Advocate. “In some of the questions, they asked each of us if we were married. And I paid close attention to see that she was not.”
Abbott was dismissed from the jury room when deliberations began, before Gerig had asked for her phone number. But he met Abbott again the next week when they returned to the court to be considered for another trial. This time, he asked out his new friend.
Judge Robin Pittman conducted the wedding ceremony. She tells potential jurors the story about the couple. “No one’s happy about being there,” Pittman told the Advocate. “And then I say, ‘Well, it’s going to get better. Because you may be sitting next to the person who will become your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé or husband.’ ”
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