Skip to comments.Student brought to court in chains for shirking jury duty
Posted on 04/28/2010 6:35:52 AM PDT by Orange1998
A 19-year-old college freshman missed class Tuesday when a federal judge decided to teach her a civics lesson by ordering federal marshals to haul her in chains from school to court to explain why she shirked jury duty.
Kelsey Gloston stood in ankle and wrist restraints in court Tuesday afternoon wearing flip flops, a tight white T-shirt, short-shorts and sporting green streaks in her hair. Though she rolled her eyes and looked impatient while waiting for the judge, once U.S. District Judge David Hittner took the bench her tears flowed.
The judge was incensed that the teen had hung up on jury clerks calling to get her to the courthouse.
You in effect went right at the jury folks and said you'd have nothing to do with it, Hittner said sternly. I'm going to hear exactly what your problem is with jury duty and what your problem is with how our country operates.
The judge released Gloston, who said she's a pre-nursing student at Lone Star College's Cy-Fair campus, to return with a lawyer for a hearing Thursday on whether he should find her in contempt and possibly detain her.
Gloston is not the typical jury duty scofflaw. She did not entirely ignore her jury summons.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
The ONLY instructions a Jury should ever receive are to read a modern edited transcript and notes of the trial of William Penn in London September 1670.
where are the libs on this one?
Care to clarify?
The Imperial Government needs to make examples for the peons, FEAR you massa gubbermint!!
Judge Vader is not amused, young Rebel.
This judge needs to be chained up in a public square
Present right out of the gate, Father planning to sue. The problem is kids today are not taught any respect. Since the dad will not correct her... the Judge will.
It ain’t hard to get out of jury duty.
“Father intends to sue.”
That’s all you need to know about why she ended up the way she did.
The Judge did the exact right thing. Illegally Shirking your duty is one thing; giving an attitude to the court when they try to contact her and accomodate her is unacceptable.
All she had to do to get out of jury duty is mention that she’s aware of the 1895 supreme court decision in the 1895 Sparf vs The US case and there isn’t a prosecutor in the country who would allow her to serve on a jury.
I agree. Seems young people today have no respect for anyone or any institution. Public schools, I guess.
A pair of deputies came to my parents' house in Texas one time to haul me off to court for failing to appear for jury duty. Unfortunately, they hadn't checked their records closely enough to see that I had married (changed my name, no longer lived at that address, info that had been filed with the DMV and voter registrar's office). I'm sure they would have handcuffed me and hauled me off to the courthouse had I been there, as my mother said they were not very polite about the situation. Too bad they had no jurisdiction in Minnesota, where my husband and I had moved a couple of years earlier.
I’m deaf as a rock, but that doesn’t get me out of jury duty.
What does get me thrown off Jury Duty is my hard line against drug abusers. I hate illegal drug users, and I’m apparently a minority out there in our country today.
her myspace? :
Quite frankly the bulk of the American jury pool is dumber than a sack of hammers when it comes to jury duty anyway. and the Sparf Vs the USA case proves that the courts like it that way.
After all, what legitimate reason could the courts have for deciding that jurors don’t need to be informed of their rights?
“...wearing flip flops, a tight white T-shirt, short-shorts and sporting green streaks in her hair. Though she rolled her eyes and looked impatient while waiting for the judge...”
The problem is - whose “peer” is she?
You're supposed to know them. Therefore the Court is under no obligation to educate you.
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