5.17.2006

why i will never be a juror



my mother is on jury duty this week. my first question was, did you bring your knitting? i mean, come on. jury duty is a knitter's dream. you're sitting there for like eight hours at a time, just listening. what else are you gonna do but knit? and when you're not sitting in the jury box, you're sitting in the juror's room with all kinds of time to knit. i wish they'd call me for jury duty.

just one problem. my mom said there's no knitting needles allowed in the court house. she said there's a sign right up front when you go in that says it. my mom's not even that big of a knitter and she looked. oh yeah, my mom said she got wanded, too. twice. guess they wanted to make doubly sure she wasn't carrying a concealed susan bates. or, worse: addi turbos. guess they're worried you'll poke out the bailiff's eye. or maybe some crazy person will grab your 14-inch straights and lobotomize himself.

no knitting needles. huh. no wonder those 12 guys were so pissed off.

8 comments:

krazybarrister said...

really? i'll have to look for the sign the next time i'm there -- i've never noticed it! then again, my atty id gets me in around the metal detectors so i never really had to look ...

Kathy said...

Wow, talk about coincidence. I've never read your blog before, but I followed a link from See Eunny Knit today. I'm on call for jury duty all month, and last week I served. And yes, I totally brought my knitting with me! Of course, I live in n.w. Wisconsin and our county has the smallest county seat in this mostly rural state, so no prohibitions against much of anything.

I did find, though, that I didn't feel it was appropriate to knit during testimony. I can knit while I watch TV or movie just fine, but I felt that I needed to concentrate 100% on the witness testimony. After all, this is serious business. That said, there was still a goodly amount of knitting time. It didn't seem inappropriate or disrespectful to knit during most of the selection process, which took several hours.

I will probably serve again at least once more before the end of the month. More knitting time, yeah!

Claire said...

You can knit in NYC jury duty! I knit, and I saw another knitter there too.

Judy said...

Hi, I joined the KAL for your Fake-a-gamo bag. I would like the pattern, but when I clicked on the 'free pattern' link, it wasn't there. Do I have to sign on to Flickr to get it? BTW, good job, I love the bag!

msfortuknit said...

i love that movie! I think i may have to go rent it and k-nit to it! :)
cheers

Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy that I found your site. It appears we have some things in common besides knitting. Thought you might want to be the first to see the pattern for the triple lindee!

Mira said...

came across your blog cuz of your fake-agamo purse.. anyway, my suggestion is: take crochet hooks! even post 9/11 when they started to ban knitting needles from planes, crochet hooks were given the a-ok!

Teresa said...

I had jury duty in March (I wasn't chosen as a juror in the end, long story). Anyway I'm in Connecticut and they DID let me bring my knitting needles but not without a struggle. FIRST, they took them from me and tore the live stitches off my needles! It was no big really, I had just started, I was just kinda stunned they did that. They stuff my yarn in my pockets and make me go through the metal detector o doom. My shoes set it off. So off goes the shoes on a cold marble floor in March. Then someone asks if "the crochet needles are metal", yes they did. And someone else said "No, they're wood". At the same time I was saying "My KNITTING needles are bamboo". Then he asks if I "plan on stabbing anyone with them". My brain said "Not untill this moment I didn't" but my mouth said "No I plan on KNITTING with them.) So yeah, my state sort of allows it but its a hassle...a well worth it hassel I was there from 8 to 3. I wasn't picked because I'm a court reporting student, ironically I spent the time knitting a cover for my stengraphy machine.

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