Why was I taken aback by her question? It never crossed my mind that ordinary citizens would assume, at least in this country, that once a person is charged with a crime, they are guilty. I have said to more than one prosecutor, if a person is guilty once the police say so (even if you discount corruption amongst some cops), then there is no need to have a judge, a prosecutor, or a defense attorney. Yes, there are countries in the world that effectively operate just like that. Once you are accused by the police you just settle in for a long prison term, if not worse.
I want to thank that dismissed juror for reminding me that not all of us understand how our democracy works. Even better, its a chance to learn from each other that there is the possibility that the police were mistaken when charging someone with a DUI.