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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1998
Kudos to Ghislaine Iliff for honorably accepting her jury duty notice (letter, July 19). My wife felt the same way when she got her first notice. She went and did her duty and was a better person for it. But then she somehow (I can only assume) ended up on a list of potential jurors who are eager to do their duty and started getting notices at least once a year and sometimes twice. Let's see how eager Iliff is to answer the call the next time and the next time and the next time, etc. JON ROE Los Angeles
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October 21, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
You wonder why people dodge jury duty? You wonder why people hold government in low regard? Here's another exhibit: Laura Trickle was called up for jury duty in Jackson County, Mo., in January. She got a postponement because she was close to delivering her baby. Five months after her son was born, she got another jury summons. She let the court know she was breastfeeding the boy, but she was told to report for jury duty. She had two choices: She could either leave the baby in childcare or bring him to court - along with someone who could take care of him while she was serving jury duty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
The lunch-hour threat on Twitter was blunt: “If the rubbish can doesn't get picked up by Wednesday as promised, I'm dumping my trash in front of the mayor's house.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who keeps watch on Twitter traffic that mentions his name, was on jury duty Monday when he saw the message from Lorie B. du Preez, aka @LoricidexDoom on Twitter. He typed a personal reply. “Hey there - send us the address and we will see what happened,” Garcetti told du Preez, whose Twitter profile reads: “The Martha Stewart of Madness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on juries. The governor's action runs counter to his recent approval of bills expanding the rights of immigrants, including legislation allowing those in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses and practice law. Brown said serving on a jury, however, was a high civic duty that should be exclusive to citizens.
OPINION
April 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Assembly Democrats may have hit on an ingenious way to make citizens take their jury summonses more seriously: Last week they passed a bill that would allow noncitizens to serve on juries. Suddenly, outraged commentators and bloggers who feared the loss of a key measure of citizenship were referring to "jury service" instead of "jury duty. " Although the news was generally reported accurately, some went overboard; at foxnews.com, for example, the headline said: "California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Editorial writers have to state a position and back it up in just a few hundred words. Gov. Jerry Brown would make a pretty good editorial writer, as he demonstrated with Monday's veto message of a bill that would have extended jury duty to noncitizens. "Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship ," Brown wrote. "This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury. I don't think that's right.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Editorial writers have to state a position and back it up in just a few hundred words. Gov. Jerry Brown would make a pretty good editorial writer, as he demonstrated with Monday's veto message of a bill that would have extended jury duty to noncitizens. "Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship ," Brown wrote. "This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury. I don't think that's right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
The lunch-hour threat on Twitter was blunt: “If the rubbish can doesn't get picked up by Wednesday as promised, I'm dumping my trash in front of the mayor's house.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who keeps watch on Twitter traffic that mentions his name, was on jury duty Monday when he saw the message from Lorie B. du Preez, aka @LoricidexDoom on Twitter. He typed a personal reply. “Hey there - send us the address and we will see what happened,” Garcetti told du Preez, whose Twitter profile reads: “The Martha Stewart of Madness.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Robert Greene
In the final days before their legislative deadline, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow some noncitizens to serve as jurors. AB 1401 is now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill applies to lawful permanent immigrants -- people with what used to be known as "green cards. " They need have no intention of becoming citizens. When AB 1401 began its journey through the Capitol, The Times' editorial page weighed in against it. We still oppose it. "Just as citizens, and only citizens, have the power to elect their executive branch leaders and their delegates to the legislative branch," we wrote, "citizen jurors have the final check on at least some judicial branch decisions....
OPINION
May 3, 2013 | By Donald P. Wagner
A bill in the California Legislature would open jury duty to noncitizen legal residents, a risky experiment in fundamental U.S. law. The Assembly last week passed a bill that immediately drew nationwide attention - for all the wrong reasons. There goes that wacky Golden State again! Assembly Bill 1401, which now goes to the state Senate, would allow noncitizens who are legal residents to serve on juries. If this becomes law, California will be the only state that opens its jury pool to noncitizens.
OPINION
May 3, 2013
Re "The power of jury duty," Editorial, April 30 Many Americans try to avoid jury service not because they don't respect the purpose but because of the inefficient way in which jury duty is handled. The jury system does not show respect for its potential jurors, so it does not get respect back. I was in a jury pool downtown a few years back. Dozens of us were brought before a judge who lectured us before jury selection. He talked to us as if we were children and scolded us to not show up late.
OPINION
April 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Assembly Democrats may have hit on an ingenious way to make citizens take their jury summonses more seriously: Last week they passed a bill that would allow noncitizens to serve on juries. Suddenly, outraged commentators and bloggers who feared the loss of a key measure of citizenship were referring to "jury service" instead of "jury duty. " Although the news was generally reported accurately, some went overboard; at foxnews.com, for example, the headline said: "California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California would allow noncitizens to serve on juries under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers, potentially expanding a fundamental obligation of American life to millions more people. The measure, which would apply only to legal residents, would make California the only state to open the jury box to noncitizens who meet all other requirements of service, according to legal experts. The proposal raises the question of what it means to be judged by peers in a state where more than one in seven residents is not a citizen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if Virgin will bump me to first class on my flight to D.C. just because I'm a good guy. The Skinny: I know I've plugged it before but you really should be watching "Nashville. " Catch up now while the show is on a break for a few weeks! Thursday's headlines include Steven Spielberg being tapped for a good kind of jury duty and the latest chapter in the spat between CBS and Dish Network. Daily Dose: While most of Wall Street is cheering all the big deals Hollywood is doing with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger has a new report out warning the TV industry about the potential pitfalls that come with this new revenue stream.
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