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    Super Member sahm4605's Avatar
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    eh. I got a summons a few months back and was able to get out of it till september because I am breast feeding my son. Like I will be done by then. Stupid people. But do you think they will let me take a quilt in to finish hand quilting the binding on? the same with flying. you are only using a very very very small needle. do you think that I could get away with bringing my quilting stuff? at least the quilt and the thread and the needle? Stupid criminals, getting in the way of my life. I am happy to serve but wish that I could bring my children with. Maybe will do that on selection day. hehe. at least my son who will still be breast feeding at a year and some days old.

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    Nope, I think the court would frown upon that. :lol:

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    On a recent trip to Seattle (from Boston), I brought some needlework which required a needle, thread, and one of those thread cutters medallions you can hang around your neck. I've seen women with knitting -- that was surprising!

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    I've carried knitting on several domestic and international flights. So, I'd bet there is not a problem with needlework.

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    In nY you can't even bring a book.

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    At least for selection day, you should be able to bring handwork...just don't try to bring scissors, no matter how small....take a pair of nail clippers for thread, or get a clover medallion thread cutter...if you actually get selected, you should be able to do handwork on your breaks if you want....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    eh. I got a summons a few months back and was able to get out of it till september because I am breast feeding my son. Like I will be done by then. Stupid people. But do you think they will let me take a quilt in to finish hand quilting the binding on? the same with flying. you are only using a very very very small needle. do you think that I could get away with bringing my quilting stuff? at least the quilt and the thread and the needle? Stupid criminals, getting in the way of my life. I am happy to serve but wish that I could bring my children with. Maybe will do that on selection day. hehe. at least my son who will still be breast feeding at a year and some days old.
    Usuall we have to call the day before to make sure our service wasnt cancelled or postponed.and on the recording they will tell you to bring something sucha sa book to read,I would call them and ask if you could bring your handwork,all they can say is no

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    Here you can't take cell phones, pagers, fingernail clippers, sewing needles, small scissors, or knitting needles into the courthouse. They won't let you carry a second bag in at all unless you work there. Call ahead and check if you could take a small bag of sewing to do in your down time.

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    No children. I was a jury clerk for many years. That's not a place for children.

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    I just got a letter notifying me that I was being called for jury duty from July to Oct. :cry:

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    My dh just informed me that the last time he went to the court house he had to take his belt off and take it to the car---they wouldn't even let him wear a belt into our courthouse!!!! Now that's bad! He has a hard enough time getting in anyway. He has a prosthetic lower limb, a metal rod in his thigh, and a metal ladder in his back all of which set off the alarms.

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    If your child is still breast feeding, I think that should be enough to get you excused. Call them ahead of time and see if they can get you excused over the phone. I nursed my three kids a long time, too.

    Regarding projects, I sew on airplanes. I take nail clippers to cut threads and have never been questioned.

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    I doubt if they'll let you do any kind of handwork if you serve on a jury since you're supposed to be paying attention to the trial. Even if you normally watch tv and do handwork at home it looks like you're not paying attention.

    Don't forget, innocent people actually do get arrested and charged with crimes they didn't do. Look at how many people have been set free on DNA evidence!

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    I don't mind jury duty at all. I know that's not the popular thing to say but it's really not that bad. Inconvenient? Yes, at times but it's necessary.
    Actually the only times I've been called were when I was working, now that I'm retired I might not enjoy it as much since it would be cutting into MY time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I doubt if they'll let you do any kind of handwork if you serve on a jury since you're supposed to be paying attention to the trial. Even if you normally watch tv and do handwork at home it looks like you're not paying attention.

    Don't forget, innocent people actually do get arrested and charged with crimes they didn't do. Look at how many people have been set free on DNA evidence!
    actually doing any handowrk is reserved for having to sit in the jury room all day waiting to be called,not during a trial,here they call several hundred people for jury duty a week and on your day you see in the waiting area til they call your group,then if you are not chosen you have to go back to the waiting area to see if they might call you for another trial,either way you sit all day waiting and have nothing to do,

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    No, sorry, no needles, no scissors.... seems like the perfect place to get some hand work done too...

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    Last October my husband and I flew to IN. I was using a carryon that I'd used for a sewing project and had just stuffed back into my closet when finished. Lo, and behold - I had left a pair of six inch scissors in it. Imagine my mortifciation when the checker pulled them out - she let me keep them!!! Said there was a new policy - as long as the scissors were less than six inches (blade) they were allowed!! I was so shocked. I assured them I was ok with their taking them - (not my best ones!!) She let me keep them and take them on the plane - had i known I'd have taken something to sew !!

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    Once in awhile, old age problems actually come in handy. I need to take a diuetic most everyday, and well, sometimes I have to go every ten minutes, plus I have hip problems that make sitting for a long time difficult. My doctor wrote an excuse for me, and I was relieved of jury duty.

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    Each court house has it own rules and policies , so all I can say is call them.

    As for flying , it changes fequently due to new things always happening . Stupid criminals :hunf: Anyways when I flew to Florida the beginning of the year I got to take hand sewing with me . The scissors are smaller and have to have a blunt tip. As for sewing on a binding, the quilt would have to be small enough to carry in your carry on and stay in "your" seat area. Other than that I don't see a problem.

    On a side note, my Dad is already in the jury pool for one judge and is only half way thru the time frame and yesterday got another notice from another judge that he will be in that jury pool :shock: So they will be overlapping

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    Recently, my BIL was taking a quick trip to Florida and the airport tried to confiscate his nail clippers. Luckily, we hadn't left yet and were able to go get them from him. Just like courthouses, airports are different. It's up to the individual TSA agent what is allowed or not. Had he gone in at a different security site, he might not have had any trouble. ASK BEFORE YOU GO!

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    Here, a mother doesn't have to serve if she has children under 16 yrs of age. Are you SURE you will have to serve? That doesn't seem quite right. Check into it.

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    I have been called once for duty when I was in college several years ago. It sucked. Spent all day there and was almost hit but was let go. My professors were very happy about that. They had already given me a months worth of work before I went to jury duty just in case. I don't mind Jury duty, it is just coming at a really really bad time, and if I am pregnant like I think I might be, they are going to have to let me out of it. Unless they want me carrying around a trash can to throw up in every hour on the hour. Sometimes even more, just depends on the smells around me. I hope that they let me have my handwork if I cam called. I have such a bad attention span that I wouldn't be a good juror for them.

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    You won't be able to do anything but focus on the hearing in the jury room. Besides you need to give the attention to what is going on to be fair to others, would you want a jury trial for yourself and someone not listening to everything? Not me, I want them to see that Im innocent.

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    I had jury duty last year. Brought handwork to do while in the waiting room. Could not bring my scissors in and ended up loosing them. I take work on the plane all the time. Just have a short bladed scissor. Best to call and ask though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calif Jane
    I've carried knitting on several domestic and international flights. So, I'd bet there is not a problem with needlework.
    I've seen women do this, but it shocks me. I can't have a nail clipper or TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE but they can have long metal needles??? If I wanted to kill someone, I would use a knitting needle not a nail clipper :(

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