My wife just got kicked off jury duty involving a theft because she had been the victim of theft in her business. The particular case involves a woman getting stopped in the "vestibule" of a well-known retail store (one that gets bashed on this forum with some frequency) with $40 worth of goods in her possession as she attempted to exit the store--a good ways from the cash register. What suprised me was that this went to trial and tied up the time of 16 potential jurors, attorneys on both sides and the judge. This isn't grand theft and even wonder if it's a felony. Any ideas on why this case just didn't get pleaded out?