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Jury Duty

04/18/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal Life

I have Jury Duty.

Everyone receiving a notice must show up. That's the first time that's happened to me in a long time. For the past several years, only a range of juror numbers were activated, and rarely was mine in the range.

I've never actually served on a jury. I've either not had to show, or been sent home after sitting in the waiting area all day.

The one time I was called into a court room, I knew the plaintiff, and all the named defendants. A woman I had known for years, a retired restauranteur on the Coast was suing all the doctors on the coast over complications from a medical procedure. A rather personal medical procedure that I really didn't want to know about. :lalala: She had actually cared for my house the previous week while I was away. :D

I was called into the juror's box for the preliminary vetting. I looked over to the plaintiff and said "Hi Sally". She looked up and said "Hi Joseph, how's everything?". The judge said "dismissed". :>>

Remember the old movie based on Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities? Remember the old woman sitting, knitting and cackling "guillotine, guillotine"? That should quell any enthusiasm for selection as a juror.

I'm not really sure that I believe in the current incarnation of the jury system in the US. Originally, the idea was to have a jury of the defendant's peers, to balance strict interpretation of the law with human emotion and knowledge of the specifics. Jurors were from the community, and like me in Sally's case, knew the folks involved and maybe even the circumstances surrounding the case. Now a jury is to be impartial, and decide only on the facts of the case in accordance with the law as explained to them. What rubbish! The jurors aren't familiar with the law, or the internal logic of the legal framework, which often defies common sense. It often seems to me as a perfect set up for misinterpretation and nonsense.

Ah well, we'll see what the day brings. I'll make sure that my Palm and mobile are fully charged... maybe I can blog from the court. &#59;)

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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