Friday, July 27th, 2012

An Incomplete Survey of Newspapers, Magazines, Periodicals, and Books Being Read by Potential Jurors on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse Jury Duty Waiting Room

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

• Something on a Kindle

The Baltimore Sun (5 instances)

New York Post

Baltimore City Paper

Chicken Soup for The Soul® Word – Finds™

Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy: Robert Silverberg (Editor), Stephen King (Contributor), Robert Jordan (Contributor),Orson Scott Card (Contributor), Terry Goodkind (Contributor), Anne McCaffrey(Contributor)

Iodine: Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It by David Brownstein

• Something by Laura Resnick

• Something by Candace Dempsey

Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel by Sable Grace

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Baltimore Magazine

The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child by Amos N. Wilson

Redbook July 2012

• Unidentified word-search puzzle book

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Around the Way Girls 3: Double Trouble by Pat Tucker, Alisha Yvonne, Thomas Long

• TV Guide Word-Find Puzzles

The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

Joe MacLeod was "respectfully challenged" by counsel for the Defense, and, with a payment of $15 cash, was excused from service.

19 Comments / Post A Comment

Murgatroid (#2,904)

What, no Amazon link for the Tucker Max book?

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@Murgatroid I think these Amazon links are just trolling. In six months Choire is going to reveal the names and addresses of all 563 Awl readers who bought Chicken Soup for The Soul® Word – Finds™.

Annie K. (#3,563)

Baltimore tried writing on its benches, The City That Reads. But the last word kept getting changed to Bleeds or Breeds. Like the official bumper sticker Believe, got changed to B'lieve, Hon, which got changed to Lie, Hon. Truth will out.

c0h0 (#235,882)

@Annie K.

Even better were the benches that read The City That Breads.

keisertroll (#1,117)

On my last jury duty stint I read "True Grit" and a newspaper who gave away the ending to "True Grit" in its Oscar nominations article.

deepomega (#1,720)

"Something on a Kindle" means 50 Shades of Gray, right?

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@deepomega: No, applying my understanding of logic, it must be a non-newspaper, non-magazine periodical.

Dan Packel (#10,421)

As a recent participant in jury selection in Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas, I'm astonished that multiple people weren't reading 50 Shades of Gray in its dead tree format here.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

I learned recently from my boss that basically as soon as you register to vote in D.C. you will get called up for jury duty. I guess the ratio of potential jurors to jury trials is really low in the District?

Smitros (#5,315)

@stuffisthings That's mostly correct. I've been called up every even-numbered year since I've lived in DC. Waiting for the 2012 shoe to drop.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@Smitros On the plus side, she got to hang out with Melanne Verveer while waiting to be dismissed.

bureaucrette (#367)

@stuffisthings I've been a DC resident and registered voter since 2008 and I have never been summonsed. But then, I've never met Melanne Verveer.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@bureaucrette Get thee to a jury pool! It's where all the high-powered Washington ladies hang out. Apparently.

jfruh (#713)

In my last Baltimore jury service, the "quiet room" was closed for (repair? cleaning? something?) so I had to sit in the room where they were showing the juror movie, "It's Complicated," which had a lot more recreational drug use in it than you'd think would be in a movie shown to potential Baltimore jurors.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@jfruh – Hey, they showed It's Complicated when I went last time too. Also some other romcom bullshit with J.Lo and Jane Fonda and some family friendly nonsense with Martin Lawrence.

Pound of Salt (#15,166)

They played It's Complicated and Monster-in-Law when I was there, too. The crowd panned the first, appeared to love the second.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Pound of Salt – My wife went last week and they're still playing It's Complicated.

ejcsanfran (#489)

Great – now Amazon is recommending dozens of other works from the Around The Way Girls oeuvre.

edithdoll (#236,433)

The first time I went to jury duty everyone told me: "Bring a book b/c you'll be there all day." I don't remember what I brought but I was called within minutes and before I knew it seated on a jury. Since then I've contested/been contested and excused but last time we didn't get called up. No movies in the waiting room, just a video of our then chief justice saying welcome/thank you for your patience. After that I think there were talk shows, and I was probably reading…

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