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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A JUROR WRITES ABOUT BEING A JUROR IN THE REGJB

We received an email from a civic minded citizen who wrote about his recent experience as a juror in the REGJB. As is our wont, we responded asking if we could use the email and if he wanted us to use his name or not. He responded. 

Here is the second email authorizing us to use his name: 

Dear Mr Roark:
     First, I like the blog; you are congratulated, but,  most of all, your contributors must first be congratulated for without them you would just be spitting into the wind.
Now, you may only use my comment exactly as written and only with my name.  As  for civic duty,  be aware that I will be 81 years old in three weeks, have never been 
able to serve before by occupation even though being a resident of Dade County (Miami-Dade, ugh) since 1973.                          
                                                               Samuel R. Danziger

PS:  Apropos yours of WSC, I have a magnetic graphic on my refrigerator -
                                        NEVER
                                        NEVER
                                        NEVER
                                           GIVE
                                              UP
                                             wsc

And here is the first email from Mr. Danziger about his experience as a juror. 

Tuesday for the first time since moving to Dade County in 1973 I was called for Jury duty.
Looked forward to the day.  Reported at 8:30(as usual MetroRail has malfunction so Train was late – good old Dade County)instead of 8AM.  
After a rousing and enjoyable  welcome by Judge Sloan all jurors enjoyed talking, smartphones, generally lounging.
In the AM two panels were called out and then time for the noon break.  
In the PM, around 1:45, all remaining jurors were called and escorted from the 7th floor Juror Pool room to the elevator lobby on the 5th floor.  Put around 30-40 people in that dingy area,
not even enough hard benches to sit on so some sat on the floor(sat on the floor!) 
FOR TWO HOURS.  No word what was going on, NO ONE TO TELL THE ASSEMBLE TO GO BACK
TO THE JURY POOL ROOM. Eventually(@ 3:45) a little woman came to hand out  certificates of attendance, and told everyone to skeddatle. 
Yes sir, good old Gerstein building treatment courtesy of Dade County.  Is it any wonder anyone would opt for excuse rather than attend to a CIVIC DUTY ? 

Dear Mr. Danziger. 
Thank you for serving as a potential juror. We apologize for the inconvenience and uncomfortable surroundings of the fifth floor. We know the Judge responsible for this all-too-common snafu will read this. Perhaps in the future Judges will be more considerate to jurors sitting outside for hours (And on the floor!!). 
You were certainly owed a least a personal thank you by the Judge for keeping you all waiting. But then again, remember, this is a judge we are talking about, so we can only hope for so much. 
Thank you for staying in Dade County all these years when we are sure many of your peers fled north. 
And thank you for contributing to our blog. 
You have done your civic duty X 3. 
Well done sir!
Well done indeed. 

Your obt' srvt
Horace Rumpole, Esq, Blogger. 

PS. Where can we purchase a refrigerator magnet like you have? 


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Danziger:
Stop bitching. You spent one day fulfilling your civic duty. I don't believe anyone had to sit on the floor if they didn't want to. The judge no doubt was engaged in determining the fate of a human being and your presence along with the venire was indispensable to that process. So here is your thank you. Now stop whining like all the rest and have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Sam Danziger is a retired lawyer who did insurance defense work. I worked with him years ago and he was a nice guy.

Anonymous said...

8:48 AM: with a post like that, no wonder that people hate lawyers.

Rumpole said...

Small correction sir/madam. I write posts. Readers write COMMENTS. 8:48's offensive and ignorant words were a COMMENT not a post. But the intent behind your comment is well appreciated.

Anonymous said...

It's truly a shame to the legal profession if in fact 8:48 is/was a member to respond the way he/she did. Most jurors who appear for jury service have no real concept of our system and yet they appear to perform their civic duty. As a wiser man than me once said,"Jury service honorable performed is as important to our Republic as our fighting members of the military fighting on the field of battle during time of war." I would leave some other more harsher comments, but I know everyone is entitled to voice their opinion just like everyone has a rectal cavity in the free society we live in. Thanks
SAO5

Samuel R. Danziger said...

Right Hon Horace:
Seek and ye shall find a place to leave a comment. I sought and now found your comment section. First, I have just enjoyed each and every comment. As 5:43 said, I am a retired civil attorney who could not serve while being active with the Florida Bar. Now, second, the
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 magnets come from a firm by the name of Quotable Cards. (http://www.quotablecards.com/our-products/). The firm produces greeting cards, mugs,
magnets, etc and they are sold locally by Whole Foods. You will find a spin rack
near their checkout registers although the selection may vary from your taste. In
that event, please follow though and contact the firm for information on custom made.
All the best, Sam Danziger

Seth Sklarey said...

Why shouldn't jurors be paid a living wage?
Many have to leave work and suffer lost wages.
$15 / hr would be reasonable.