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Jury Duty

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

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Fall

Renee Fisher | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Nowadays, it's more difficult to know when summer is about to end. Both Now Husband and Miracle the Cat continue their usual routine year-round, and give no indication of being aware that the calendar pages are flipping by.

Wendy Williams Spends The Day At Court

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media

Talk show host and wig extraordinaire Wendy Williams spent her Monday in an unfamiliar setting: the courthouse. Williams revealed that she had jur...

Racism's 21st Century Makeover

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

To believe racism is non-existent in the American justice system amongst other venues is a ludicrous omission of societal norms and an obtuse understanding of human nature.

Why I Will Never Commit A Felony

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 04.17.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

At first I assumed the Jury Summons was addressed to me, possibly my husband. I thought. I have so many projects booked up for the next several weeks, jury duty would be such an inconvenience. They probably serve bad coffee, too. And then I looked closer ... it was addressed to my son.

New Bill Could End Anti-Gay Discrimination In Jury Selection Process

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Three U.S. senators have re-introduced legislation in hopes of abolishing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizen...

Sweeping Ruling About Racial Bias in Capital Jury Selection Shows the Need for Sweeping Reforms

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

Last week, North Carolina state Judge Gregory Weeks issued a sweeping ruling setting aside the death sentences of three North Carolina prisoners because of a wealth of evidence proving the prosecutors' racial bias in jury selection.

Jury Duty: To Sit or Not to Sit, That's the Question

Stacey Honowitz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
Stacey Honowitz

I have picked hundreds of juries in my 24 years in the prosecutors office, and I can tell you that the attitude among jurors has changed over the last 10 years.

Free to Be... a Juror?

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 02.10.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Isn't it ironic? Here we are deciding on another's freedom when our own freedom has been denied. We aren't given the right to flip jury duty off. We aren't given the choice to turn it down. We simply must show up.

Why Do I Slip Into Girly Voice?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women
Kate Fridkis

My tone went beseeching. It was wringing its delicate hands. It was wearing a little pink dress. What is this voice girls and women slip into so naturally, and then out of again, on a daily basis?