[Nfbc-info] published letter
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ckrugman at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 21 03:08:27 UTC 2010
feel free to do it as I may not have all needed contacts.
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From: "Mary Willows" <mwillows at sbcglobal.net>
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Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 6:56 PM
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> Wonderful! Good work. Let's distribute. I will do it if you don't.
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> From: <ckrugman at sbcglobal.net>
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> Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 6:16 PM
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>> Thought you would be interested in this exchange of letters to the editor
>> in the Fresno Bee.
>> Blind can serve on juries
>> Posted at 12:06 AM on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010I am greatly offended by the
>> Aug. 15 letter written by Sandy Johnson bemoaning the fact that her
>> 92-year-old mother, who is legally blind, was called for jury duty. As a
>> blind paralegal, I review and evaluate critical evidence every day.
>> In California, and throughout the country, there are blind people who are
>> jurors, lawyers and judges who effectively carry out these duties on a
>> daily basis, and who are proud to serve in these capacities.
>> While provisions for hardship exist for people to be excused from jury
>> duty, fortunately the court is aware of the provisions set forth in
>> California Code of Civil Procedure Section 203(a)6 and properly carries
>> out their duty to ensure that the right to serve as a juror is granted to
>> all eligible Fresno County residents.
>> Rather than relying on negative stereotypes of the blind, perhaps Ms.
>> Johnson could help her mother and other blind people by becoming familiar
>> with the positive achievements and undertakings of the blind by
>> familiarizing herself with organizations such as the National Federation
>> of the Blind.
>> Charles L. Krugman
>> Clueless Superior Court
>> Posted at 12:36 AM on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010Well, once again, the Superior
>> Court of Fresno County has summoned my nearly 92-year-old mother to jury
>> duty. This is the second summons she has received in the past six months.
>> In addition to being elderly, and mom would not be insulted that I used
>> this term, she is legally blind and has been for nearly 20 years.
>> The summons notice gives various reasons to claim you are ineligible, but
>> none of them fit her situation. If you are curious, you can check out
>> reasons you are ineligible on their website. So, once again, I have
>> written to the Superior Court to explain the circumstances.
>> I had hoped that my first letter would take care of it, but apparently
>> that is not the case.
>> I guess we just have to assume that the prospective jury pool in Fresno
>> is just so small that they need to select anyone who stands upright. No
>> matter that the juror cannot read or view any evidence. Of course, she
>> could just ignore the summons, not appear and then wait for a sheriff to
>> show up and arrest her. Won't he be surprised! If that is the case, I
>> will be sure to have the local TV stations filming the arresting officer.
>> News at 11!
>> Sandy Johnson
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