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Soon, sobriety may not be jury requirement

By Times wires
Published November 29, 2007


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Flaw & Order

Soon, sobriety may not be jury requirement

Tennessee is having a hard time filling its juries, so it is considering an overhaul to selection procedures, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. To solve the problem, the state's judicial council may do away with exemptions for physicians, lawyers and clergy. Oh, and drunk people. One of the provisions up for elimination offers exemption for anyone who "is drunk, or has been drunk during the term of the court then sitting." No statistics are available on how much that will increase the pool.

$1-million win may send him to jail

Timothy Elliot of Hyannis, Mass., won $1-million in an instant-win game of the Massachusetts lottery, which would have been awesome news if he had not been under a court order to not buy lottery tickets. Elliot has twice been convicted of bank robbery, and as part of his probation is not allowed to gamble. The judge will decide next week if Elliot gets to keep his winnings, but he could send Elliot back to jail for violating his probation.

Don't park there, it will cost you

Giovanni Catanzaro has been fired from his job in Rome's city government. He parked in a no-parking zone and displayed a handicapped permit that belonged to someone else. How does that get you fired? He was the city's traffic and parking chief.

Up for bids

Her donation is of a personal nature

In Chile, there is a big fundraiser called Teleton on television this weekend to raise money for poor and disabled children. But instead of having an old entertainer uncomfortably claim ownership of the kids while purporting to sing and asking you to donate money to make it all stop, they just have an auction. And one item up for bid this year is getting a lot of attention: Maria Carolina has donated 27 hours of her services to the auction. Which is getting attention because she is a prostitute. "I've already auctioned off the 27 hours of love," Carolina told Reuters, saying she had raised about $4,000. "One of my clients already paid. It seemed like a good deed to him." Adult prostitution is legal in Chile.

NARC squad

Just say no, but be careful how

Don't do drugs. It's a popular message in schools. But two students at Waynesburg Pa. Central High School have learned that it's also best to not do crushed up Smarties while making a video against drug use. Zachary Schloemer and John DiBuono were making the antidrug video as part of a TV workshop when they decided to dramatize the snorting of cocaine by crushing up the candy into powder. But that's against school rules, too, because look-alike drugs are as bad as the real thing, and the students were slapped with 10-day suspensions. DiBuouno, a 4.0 student, also must attend drug counseling. "The only words said in the entire public service announcement was, 'Don't do drugs,' and now I'm being sent to rehabilitation conference," he said.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

[Last modified November 29, 2007, 02:18:40]


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