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Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: How Important Is Doing Your Jury Service?
This week we consider ‘How Important is Doing Your Jury Service?’ It seems that many people’s first reaction to being asked to serve on a jury is to wonder how they can get out of doing it. With many people avoiding serving as jurors, the choice of jurors in trials becomes much more limited and less representative of the population. Is this something that concerns you in terms of justice being served? Judge Gregory E. Mize, Judicial Fellow, National Center for State Courts, says we need to “move beyond feeling jury service is solely a duty. …jury service is a privilege and … a jury summons is an admission ticket to very special higher learning.” Have you thought about benefiting personally from serving on a jury? Or that it contributes to the upholding of our democracy?
What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature.
Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with William Kelley
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing internationally acclaimed artist William Kelley. Known for his use of space, color, and shape to create alluring glowing paintings William has studios in Florence in Italy, and Florida in the US, and has had many exhibitions of his art in both countries. His work is highly admired and sought after by private collectors, including British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, world renowned designer Adrienne Vittadini, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi (of the 700-year-old Tuscan winemaking family) and Brian Johnson the lead singer of AC/DC who owns over 15 of William’s paintings. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, William began drawing and painting as a young child. With art as his passion he attended the University of Massachusetts to study art but switched majors to history after becoming disillusioned with the department, however still putting himself through college by painting portraits of fellow students. He went on to study for four years at the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston and for two years at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Art Institute in Florence. Travelling widely through Europe and Asia, William drew inspiration from the varied cultures channelling his enthusiasm into his art and moving his focus from portrait painting to landscape. Renowned art historian and author Sister Wendy Beckett states of William’s art “The work, so rich, glowing, cheery, subtle, its colours and patterns so measured in their rhythm, its impact of serious joy so deep.”
For more info and to hear previous shows visit http://www.williamkelleypaintings.com
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Jury duty is just that, a Duty we own as citizens of our country. But it’s also much more.
For one thing, the jury box is the last place where we have the Right and the power to exercise control over the things done by the government (our representatives there). Because of the fact that regardless of anything that the judge in a case may offer as “installations to the jury”, no one can force the jury to find one way or the other.
That means that if the jury decides the law they are trying to enforce is a bad law, then they can make the law null and void, by refusing to find the person guilty of the offense being charged against them.
We need everyone to be involved and decisive here. If we don’t stand vigilant and insist on keeping our Rights, we loose them. Even if only by acquiescence (standing silent) when our Rights are being violated, we have waved that Right.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts Gregory. I’m glad the topic resonated with you.