Posts Tagged ‘jury duty’

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On what jury am I serving?

January 14, 2015

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Judging (sorry) by the results of this NYT quiz, I am not likely to be chosen as a member of a jury.

Actually, I have served on juries in the past – on a civil case and on a federal discrimination case.  I thought the experience was interesting.

The last time I was called by the Court of Common Pleas, I was not chosen – but still had to sit around all week.  However, it was spring and we had long lunch hours and I could sit and eat my lunch in the Library’s reading garden.  It was okay.

Thanks for the quiz reference to Rantings of an Amateur Chef, who I follow mostly for his recipes.

 

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What was I doing last week?

May 31, 2012

It was jury duty all week, which I was talking about earlier.  The long lunch hours broke up the day that was mainly spent waiting to be called for a jury panel.  Regarding jury duty, I think this is a privilege that our system of government affords and that everyone should have a chance to experience.  I have been on juries previously; just sorry I did not get chosen this time.

During the lunch breaks I was able to see the new Horseshoe Casino in the former Higbee’s department store building.  Higbee’s was a beautiful store and the structure has been preserved by the Casino, albeit given over to the slots and the tables.  I did not spend a lot of time there because of the noise, but in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, it was quite full of people.

I also paid a visit to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  This building has recently undergone a $2 million restoration and it is beautiful inside and out.  Well worth a visit.

The monument has bas reliefs on the inside walls, the names of the fallen on the outside walls, art glass and mosaics.  Outside are four large bronze sculptures depicting scenes from the Civil War.  The restoration work is beautiful and the monument is a gem.

Finally, I saw this on my way home.

It was a holiday weekend – so I guess that explains the giant potato!

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What am I doing this week?

May 24, 2012

I am on jury duty at the Justice Center seen above.  The giant paper clip looking thing is an Isamu Noguchi sculpture titled, Portal.

I have been called to jury duty before and this  experience, as the previous ones, has been informative.  I learned about the different types of trials and the differences in the burden of proof in those trials.  I was chosen as a pool of jurors for a criminal case.  During the jury selection, the defense attorney asked me a convoluted, double-negative question. Then he misinterpreted my answer.  When I pointed that out, the judge said, “Counsel approach the bench,” and I figured that jury selection process what pretty much over for me.  So now I am waiting in the larger pool in case my number comes up again for another case.

On the positive side, I did get a two hour lunch break and it was a beautiful day.  Here are some of the things I saw on my walk.

This little bronze figure by Tom Otterness is in the Library’s  EastmanReading Garden where I ate my lunch.

The is the main hallway in the Library.

This is the beautiful light fixture in the Library’s main foyer that I covet.

Doorway in the Popular Fiction Reading Room.

This is the carpet in the same room.

Here is a detail of the ceiling.

More tomorrow if time permits.