Saturday, September 27, 2014

Let Me Know What you Think

I haven't changed up the blog in a long time. Tell me what you think. Is it hard to read? Easy to read? Kind to our eyes.....

I cannot believe it but I received a jury summons today. Now I don't mind doing my civic duty but this is my 5th time to be called. I have many family and friends that have NEVER been called. Do you think I should give their names out when I appear?

Have you ever been called or served on a jury?

18 comments:

  1. First impressions? Yes! The header font makes me smile, and the black/white is easy on my eyes.

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  2. I like the new look, Paula, and it is easy to read.

    Funny, I was just relating a story of my juror experience on another blog earlier this evening. We get called here about every year, but sometimes it just involves calling in daily to see if you are needed or showing up for a morning and waiting to see if you are going to get called to be seated for a jury. When I was younger and had the kids still at home and responsible for getting them out and going, I always got out of jury duty since I had no one to watch them. Then I was self employed and it would hurt us financially if I got on a jury so I got permanently excused when we lived in Montana.

    But when we moved to California and I got employed with a company that pays for jury duty, I actually hoped I would get called for a jury. It happened last year on a fascinating case of felony murder. The defendant actually didn't kill the person, but was there with the person that did and it was during a robbery so under California law he could get charged with felony murder. The case never went to the jury as he took a plea bargain (17 years in jail; he was 19 at the time) but he didn't want to get a life sentence and he didn't know how the jury would go, guilty or not guilty (based on the evidence I heard so far, I would have voted guilty). What impacted me the most and why I would again serve in a heartbeat is after we were released, we got to meet with the attorneys and ask them questions about the case, etc. Also there because she was in the courtroom every day of testimony was the victim's mother. A year after the murder (it took that long to bring the case to the courtroom) her grief was still raw; 28 years old son had gotten murdered a month before his wedding. She hugged each one of us that stuck around and thanked us for serving. Seeing the impact of my service to help bring justice really sobered me. I hope I have an opportunity down the road to serve again.

    I am lucky though in that my employer does pay up to 10 days of jury service.

    betty

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    1. Thanks Betty for your opinion on the blog. I really don't mind jury duty. Out of the 5 times I have been called I have only actually been picked twice...might be something to fill my days

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  3. Easy to read and always fun too! Jury duty: Even though I know it is our duty, I disliked it very much. I go each time I am called, served once on a jury and it was horrible being locked up in a room. ughghgh...

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    1. Thanks for your comments.....I agree with not like to be locked up in a room...

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  4. Hi Paula ... the things I find difficult on all blogs - not just yours!! are the flashing icons .. here blog-lovin and the bright pink blog-versary .. as they flash constantly - it's quite difficult to concentrate ... But the black and white effect - is certainly refreshing ...

    Jury duty - I got summoned as I was about to the leave the UK ... so never did it - and have never been 'asked' since ... I think I'm past the sell-by date now?! Perhaps they won't select you ... whichever way - good luck ... and well done on plucking up courage to change the blog - something I must do!!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you for your comments on the blog. I will see what I can find instead of the blinking ones. Bloglovin' has bothered me too...

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  5. I like the black and white with the font you chose for your blog. It’s easy on the eyes. The comments are more difficult for me to read, however. That’s because the print is smaller and it is a different font. Oh and my eyes ain’t what they used to be :)
    Personally, I would not give out a list of people who have not been called.
    Actually since we moved to our county, 12 years ago, I’ve been called twice, my husband has never been called. I hate going, he would love it. Go figure!

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    1. I finally found a way to change the comment font. Is this better. I wouldn't really give out a list of names. Just kidding!

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    2. The comment font is much better!

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    3. Thanks Lyndagrace for returning to let me know. I like it better too!

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  6. Is there a way to enlarge the font for the comments? Other than that it is wonderful. Oh and no snitching, you dirty rat LOL. I was called for jury duty once but it was just a waste of the week because nobody wants a cop on their jury....go figure!!

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    1. Is this better Wendy! Took me awhile to find out how to do it. And no snitching here...you know what they say about rats? I thought the same thing about nurses on a jury in a medical malpractice case....I was the first one chosen and I knew all the parties involved. They settled out of court, though, before it went to the jury.

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  7. I like the new look!

    And the only time I was selected for jury duty was when I was living in Ireland. My family had to send in some paperwork to get me out of it.

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    1. Thanks Kwiz.....you should serve sometime. I'll be you would like it!

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