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Texas Progressive Alliance July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance wants you to know that it has never worked for Bain Capital as it brings you this week’s blog roundup.

There will be no Medicaid expansion in Texas. Off the Kuff discusses why this is such a bad thing.

BossKitty at TruthHugger knows that Hate Groups abound in Texas, but is very concerned about the recent developments demonstrating American Undercurrents of Hate Threaten First Lady.

Is the leading GOP US Senate candidate so far to the right that so-called moderate Republicans would cross over and vote for the Democratic candidate in November? That’s what WCNews at Eye on Williamson tries to get to the bottom of in,Would a Cruz win end the crossover myth?

At McBlogger, we discover Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson cribbing from Hank Gilbert, ca. 2006.

The NAACP’s 2012 national convention, held in in Houston last week, was covered by PDiddie of Brains and Eggs, and reports from the the scene included Eric Holder’s poll taxes, Mitt Romney’s boos, and Joe Biden’s character of (PBO’s) convictions.

Today in July 2012:

BossKitty reports for jury duty. It is the responsibility all American Citizens should be proud to serve.

Each Texas county has its own system for handling jury duty. 

In the juror’s box

The pay isn’t much for jury duty, but court officials say it’s a citizen’s responsibility that helps keep democracy alive and serves as a check on the legal system.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark’s words in 1966 still ring true concerning the importance of jurors to the court system:

“The collective conscience of the jury adds a humanistic touch to the strict demands of the law, so as to allow a more equitable judgment. The jury system improves the quality of justice and is the sole means of keeping its administration attuned to community standards,” wrote Clark, who was born in Dallas and was U.S. Attorney General before serving on the Supreme Court from 1949-1967.

To qualify as a juror, you must:

Be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the state and of the county in which you are to serve as a juror, able to read, write and to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror.

  • You must not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court; or during the preceding six months in the district court.
  • “Good moral character” is required, plus not being under indictment, or having a conviction for misdemeanor theft or any felony.
  • Potential jurors may be excused if:
  • They have legal custody of a child younger than 10 years old and the person’s service on the jury would entail leaving the child without adequate supervision.
  • Are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself – the exemption does not apply to health care workers.
  • They are a student of a public or private secondary school – however, some students in those schools are 18, and thereby eligible to serve – or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Are an officer or an employee of the senate, house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government.
  • Have a physical/mental impairment.
  • Are unable to comprehend English.

The judge may give prospective jurors an opportunity to discuss personal hardships that jury service would entail. However, the court may not excuse a juror for an economic reason unless each party of record for the case approves the release. Under the Texas Government Code, a person who receives a summons for jury service and fails to answer the summons, is subject to a contempt action that is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.

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