Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
This is Barnegat Lighthouse. It looks like such a beautiful place. It will be nice to get away for a couple of days!
And speaking of getting away, Alex will be quite the little traveler over the next few weeks. Thursday he leaves for NH for a few days. He returns in time to go to X-Country camp at Cornell University. The day after he returns from camp, he's off to Oregon and Washington with his Grandparents. I think this trip will officially put him ahead of me for states visited...
Sunday, July 17, 2011
With FourSquare, you check in at various places you visit. And you are awarded with points, mayorships and badges. You have "friends", just like you do with Facebook. Anyway, if you're not doing FourSquare, you should be! It's fun. It's the "next big thing"...
Because I was dismissed early from Jury Duty, it has been driving me crazy that I didn't know the outcome. So I searched online and found some information. It seems my thoughts were the same as the remaining members of the Jury. He was guilty on 5 counts. And for the charge of Grand Larceny, he was given the lesser charge of "Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle". It also looks like the Jury decided that afternoon. He is currently in custody, and was not granted bail. He finds out his sentence on August 4th. I'll be sure to re-visit the Inmate website to find out about that! Here's some information from the Inmate Lookup Site regarding the defendant:
GUTHRIDGE , ROBIN 24
4B041 RECKLESS DRVG
4B041 RESIST ARREST
4B041 FLEE OFFICR-3RD
4B041 UNAUT USE VEH-3
4B041 RECK ENDANG 2
001 COUNTY COURT 08/04/2011
ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - CUSTODY - NO BAIL J/FAHEY 071311
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In case you are interested in the case, you can read the news story about it here. And the reason I thought he was guilty so early was not because of how he looked. But because the lawyers stated the charges and mentioned that police officers were the witnesses. The charges included stealing a car, leading police on a car chase through the city, causing 2 accidents, and then running away from police on foot after he crashed his car into a house. And then after all that, he resisted arrest after they tackled him. They had to taser him twice. I could not imagine how you could be innocent of all that, especially if the police were the witnesses and they were the ones who chased him down and eventually arrested him. Why would someone run away from the police if they didn't do anything wrong?
Even the guys own lawyer said he was guilty during his closing arguments. I guess the whole trial was about the "degree" with which the crimes were that he committed. Sure, he stole a car. But, was it Grand Larceny? Or did he intend on returning it? It was afterall a car of an acquaintance that he took without permission. Apparently there's a BIG difference between stealing something and taking something without permission. (Who knew!?) That charge was my sticking point, but today the judge offered a lesser degree for that charge. I'm pretty sure I would have gone with that. But guilty on the rest.
I feel shortchanged that I didn't get to vote with the rest of the jury or see how that end of the process worked. It was overall a good experience, although very boring at times. I am glad I did it, and kind of sad that I didn't get to finish what I started. But I'm happy I don't have to do it again for 8 years.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For example, if they're going to take cameras away, they should also take phones away too. Especially one's with cameras. Because today I felt comfortable enough to snap a few photos with my phone. This is looking down at the security area from the 2nd floor. The man standing next to the railing is a fellow juror. I don't know his name. And I'm pretty sure he had no idea I was taking a picture.