AmeriNZ 157 – Jury’s Out

amerinz_podcast_150x150I’m optimistic about today’s episode. It begins with some news—both mine and New Zealand’s. The talk of jury service last time generated a few comments, so I researched it a little more and today I tell you more about jury service in New Zealand. Finally, I have a few updates, including one related to Pride 48.

Link for this episode
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Thousands march for Maori voice
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I was a guest on There Are Some Who Call Me Tim
Pride48 the GLBT podcaster live-streaming weekend next month.

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2 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 157 – Jury’s Out

  1. In NYS, you get paid some modest amount per day. HOWEVER, large entities – many businesses and most governments – are expected to just pay you for your time as though you’d shown up for work. It doesn’t come off your vacation or sick time.

    But NO, Arthur, I TOTALLY oppose getting rid of jury trials. While your characterization of the jury pool is largely accurate – though, as I’ve implied, less so after the reforms in NYS – having access to the jury of one’s peers is foundational. I consider it as core as voting or being counted by the Census. Besides, one CAN request a nonjury trial in many cases:

  2. I am in agreement with Roger Green on this one, but even in the absence of Rule 23, we have Amendment VI, which guarantees the right to a speedy trial by a jury of peers. Doing away with jury trials would mean amending part of the Bill of Rights.

    I wouldn’t want to be the Representative or Senator who proposed that one.

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