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Jury Duty

Why Jury Duty Is a Character Issue

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.19.2015 | New York
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As the presidential race heats up, all candidates will be judged on questions of policy and character. Those who embrace the difficult and unglamorous responsibilities of daily citizenship will have a greater claim to the type of character that can lead a nation.

Exclusion Of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny

The New York Times | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.16.2015 | Black Voices

SHREVEPORT, La. — Here are some reasons prosecutors have offered for excluding blacks from juries: They were young or old, single or divorced, ...

Woman Meets George W. Bush While Reporting For Jury Duty

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

Even presidents have to deal with jury duty.  Former President George W. Bush was spotted wearing a "Juror" badge in a photo tweeted by Desi...

How to Postpone Travel Plans When Jury Duty Calls

Map Happy | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Leave nothing to chance. It's probably a lot easier to deal with the court than the airline.

Surviving Jury Duty and We the People

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Kay Tacke Morse

We the People have the constitutional right thanks to the Bill of Rights, amendment 6, to Trial by Jury. This right is the only one we have that is documented in both our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

This Is One Way To Get Out Of Jury Duty

AP | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has escaped jury duty — by getting dismissed for wearing a prisoner costume. James Lowe of ...

Everyday Justice in the District

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 05.12.2015 | DC
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Jury duty is a valuable form of community involvement. Without jurors there would be no jury trials, and without jury trials we would lose an effective and fair way to seek justice and hold members of the community accountable.

Even Chief Justice John Roberts Can't Avoid Jury Duty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

United States Chief Justice John Roberts reported for jury duty in Maryland on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. After answering two que...

My Civic Duty: The Chaos

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Page Rosenberg

Jury duty is completely inconvenient. Trials can get tedious. There is a lot of waiting around in empty hallways. Yet, the next time I receive a jury notice in the mail, I won't try to get out of it.

We Are All to Blame for Michael Brown and Eric Garner Not Getting Justice

Gyasi Ross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

One can only serve on a grand jury if one is a registered voter. Moreover, that registered voter can only serve on a grand jury if he or she sticks around long enough to serve on that jury and doesn't try to outsmart justice by giving silly-ass excuses to get off that jury -- like I did. I let the Eric Garners and Michael Browns down.

Why Not Make Voting Mandatory Like Jury Duty?

Clare Munn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Clare Munn

As a person who makes mistakes and has missed some voting over the years due to not planning absentee ballots in advance, I speak from a crevice of some honesty.

Save Our Juries, Save Our Constitution

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

When jurors receive that summons in the mail, they believe the court commanded them to attend, not the Constitution. Such a reality inverts role that juries were expected to play. Citizens have lost the sense that jury duty is constitution duty, and that "we the people" are responsible for our government.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Books That Benefit From Amazon's Latest Disruptive Innovation

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Books
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...

My Time as a Philly Juror

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

When my jury summons notice appeared in the mail, all I could do was breathe a sigh of despair. You know how it is: the jury in-take crowds, the lists of instructions to be followed, the canned videos.

How to Taint a Jury Pool

Steve Bevilacqua | Posted 08.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Bevilacqua

Jury duty is a pain in the ass. Even the most civic-minded citizens I know consider it a pain in the ass. Last week, Madonna got in hot water for bl...

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

Four Levels of Societal Transformation (Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20)

Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein

Criminality is not unique to New York in the 21st century. However, we can glean from our texts that living a religiously committed life means working on four levels of transformation: the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and societal.

Christopher Mathias

New York Still Asks Prospective Jurors If They're 'Negro' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Raeana Roberson doesn't think of herself as "Negro." So when the 25-year-old New York City teacher, who is black, was asked to identify herself on...

Scott Walker Dismissed From Jury Duty

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he enjoyed his experience sitting on the jury of a personal injury case, even though he didn't get...

Jury Duty: A Great Way to Serve Your Country While Doing Jack Sh*t

Travis Irvine | Posted 02.12.2014 | Comedy
Travis Irvine

This past week I went back to my sweet home state of Ohio to do what one judge has called, "[the most] valuable work that a citizen can perform during...

7 Things More Offensive Than Public Breastfeeding

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

The shame meted out on women and the harsh public criticism leveled on moms over openly breastfeeding makes no sense -- especially when there are so many other disgusting things we, as humans, allow other humans to do unchecked, unpoliced and unpunished.

Governor Blocks Out Legal Residents In Controversial Veto

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens who are legal residents to s...

Call Me Juror No. 3

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eva Moon

I've heard the complaints about jury duty -- about the boredom, being treated like idiots, ordered around and unappreciated. Maybe I was lucky, but I found the process fascinating.

Jury Duty May Open Up To Immigrants In This State

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.29.2013 | Latino Voices

Opponents to a California bill that would allow legal permanent residents to serve on juries are trying to dissuade Gov. Jerry Brown (D) from signing ...