January 5, 2005

NOT GOD, JUST A JUSTICE (via The Mother Judd):

Justice is Supreme, but not on jury (Gina Holland, January 5, 2005, Associated Press)

No one took notice of the tall, slim man who appeared yesterday for jury duty in Marlborough. Had he worn his black robe, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer no doubt would have drawn more attention.

Even District Court Judge Thomas Sullivan Jr. didn't recognize Breyer until he read the justice's name on a document listing potential jurors. "When I looked at the slip, I said, 'Oh, my God,' " Sullivan said.

Boy, what Chris Gregoire wouldn't give to have him on her jury.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2005 11:57 PM

Looks like this could have conceivably led to another conflict, since Justice Breyer might have hear this case eventually on the Supreme Court.

I say another since Breyer was put on the Supreme Court despite the fact that his investments in Lloyds of London leave him open to significant financial losses if he isn't able to manipulate the court in tort liability cases. Instead of concentrating on that type of conflict, the MSM feels it's important that the public find out where Justice Scalia goes duck hunting.

Posted by: h-man at January 6, 2005 7:22 AM

Mr. Justice Breyer was just wanrting to make a point about doing one's civic duty by showing up as a venireman. I'm handling my son's routine legal and financial affairs while he's overseas with the great green gun club. One of these matters was responding to the Federal jury summons which came to his address of record.

The Federal government,in keeping with its mission of being here to help us, exempts itself from jury duty. If you work for the feds, just check the box, and you're off the panel.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 6, 2005 7:42 AM

When I worked as a law clerk in circuit court, one of the probate judges ended up in our venire, and then got picked to be on the jury.

This stuff happens.

Posted by: Mikey at January 6, 2005 10:19 AM

Why can't we just have 'professional jurors' and end the charade?

Posted by: Bart at January 6, 2005 4:49 PM

There's a Constitution.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2005 5:45 PM


Try to convince them.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 7, 2005 11:08 PM