President-elect Trump’s newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has received his share of criticism as of late, but one woman’s account of spending five days on a jury with him casts a much different light on the ExxonMobil CEO.
A small Texas business owner, Emily Roden, recently gave her testimonial in the Dallas News about her experience serving on a jury with Rex Tillerson for the alleged sexual assault of a young girl back in 2007. She detailed his demeanor and personal attributes that played a pivotal role in swaying the jury, which seems to contradict the harsh scrutiny he has undergone in recent weeks since taking a position in the White House.
“One of our first tasks was to choose our jury foreman. Perhaps it was his business suit, his impressive stature, or his charisma, but almost everyone in that jury room suggested that this middle-aged man with graying hair was likely the most fit for the task.”
When presented with the position of jury foreman, Tillerson replied, “Thanks, but I decline. I’m not interested in the spotlight.” At the time, Roden at no idea that he was the CEO of ExxonMobil until other jurors took notice of his private security agent that accompanied him.
Roden went on to say that she was most impressed by a particular speech that Tillerson gave to a hung jury. She recounted the manner of how he addressed the jury as, “Humbly, delicately and without an ounce of condescension toward those who disagreed, he began walking us all through the details of the case.”
She also recalled “being moved by his thorough explanation about the nature of doubt and the standards set forth by our justice system.”
In fact, Tillerson’s speech was so effective and had such an impact on the jury, that they all united to convict the sexual predator.
Roden stated she was impressed with how a “man who strikes multibillion-dollar deals with foreign heads of state brought our scrappy jury together — to bring a sexual predator to justice and to deliver justice for a scared and deeply wounded little girl.”
Tillerson also made a “generous donation” to a nonprofit organization that fostered the young girl who was assaulted, reports The Hill.
Admittedly, Roden did not vote for Trump during this past election and she openly states in the article that the testimonial of her jury encounter “is not an endorsement of Tillerson for Secretary of State,” but she goes on to say that “my five days with Rex Tillerson is all I know about this man and his character. And in light of the recent news, I thought this a relevant story to tell.”
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