The Runaway Jury

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This is an older book now, and I read it many many years ago but re-read it this last couple of weeks. I enjoyed this book. Its believable (if a little dated now), and interesting. It certainly made me think more about the first amendment and how it affects dangerous products like cigarettes than I would have otherwise.

[isbn: 0440221471]

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Please report to the municipal hall of justice

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Catherine rang me while I was at work yesterday to let me know that I had a letter from the courthouse in Santa Clara country demanding (it doesn’t make it sound all that optional) that I attend at the “Municipal Hall of Justice” for jury duty. Yes, they really called it that. Yes, I thought it sounded like something from a bad 1980’s film too.

So, I apparently can get out of the jury duty by proving to them that I am not a citizen. In fact, it’s much more onerous to show that you’re not a citizen than it is for many of the other escape clauses. They want a copy of my passport for example.

The letter also doesn’t make it particularly clear if being a non-citizen excludes me from jury duty or not. Oh, and the only contact details on the letter are a web site, and a 24 hour recorded message line. I don’t know if I would serve or not if given the option — I probably would.

So, am I able to serve? Should I? Will the Demolition Man be at the municipal hall of justice? What about Judge Dredd?

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