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Wednesday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke August 16, 2017 at 9:00 am 8 Comments

Lake Anne Brew House to Attend Festival This Weekend — The local nanobrewery is already gaining attention ahead of the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival this weekend in Charlottesville, with an event manager describing why its award-winning New Year’s Golden Ale is a top pick for him. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Farmers Market Success Celebrated — During a National Farmers Market Week commemoration this past Saturday at the Reston Farmers Market, its many successes were praised. [Connection Newspapers]

Pedestrian Bridges at Herndon Station Going in Next Week — The Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride will be closed overnight twice next week as the work is done. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Residents Can Give Input in County Executive Search — Fairfax County Executive Edward Long will retire next month. The county is asking citizens to give their input to assist in the recruiting process for his replacement. [Survey Monkey]

Did You Get a Jury Questionnaire? — The county is sending out 50,000 jury questionnaires, and it wants to make sure recipients know it is just the beginning of the jury duty screening process. [Fairfax County]

Be Wary of Charlottesville Charity Scams — Attorney General Mark Herring says anyone interested in assisting victims of last weekend’s violence should vet the organization, campaign or page organizer before they donate. He says people who need help figuring out whether a charity is legitimate can contact the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section. [WTOP]

File image courtesy Jennifer Heffner Photography

  • Voting rights

    People getting the jury survey need to be very careful.

    If you try to get out of jury service by claiming on the survey that you are not a citizen, your voter registration could be cancelled and the matter turned over the the Commonwealth Attorney for prosecution.

    If the survey letter is returned by the USPS as moved or refused, it could also lead to your voter registration being cancelled.

    • Mike M

      Let’s hope the system works. Do you want illegal squatters voting?

      • John Farrell

        This has nothing to do with “illegal squatters voting.”

        Some citizens dislike serving on juries. To avoid jury service, they will check the box on the questionnaire that says they are not a citizen while being completely unaware that checking that box will result in their voter registration being cancelled and their situation being referred to the Commonwealth Attorney for prosecution.

        • Mike M

          John, as a white male who works for a living I have been taxed and juried to pieces. The bitter irony, as the rest of us know, is that we are NEVER selected! Our actual juries in FFX seem to me are largely females and swarthy immigrant men who struggle with the English language. I think it’s because legal teams find them more malleable. Then again many find any excuse to not be pulled from work. Sometimes it seems some of us work and pay taxes and the rest of us are all “civic” and stuff. What’s wrong with that picture?

          • John Farrell

            My partners and I pick juries in Fairfax all the time and that description is not accurate, at all.

            Seriously, guy find someone to talk to and get some professional help.

          • Mike M

            Is that all you have, counselor? Dismissiveness? You may recall the Soviets dismissed their opposition as mentally ill also. I have been on jury duty six times. Never got selected. Very few white males get selected. That is my experience and the experience of everyone with whom I have ever discussed the topic. I have discussed it with anyone who tells me they did jury duty. I think you are in denial about the outcome of your processes. If you are white, male, with significant history of employment or business ownership jury duty is a waste of your time. Could be you and your “partners” are a part of the problem.

            When it comes to the lawyers, I am with Shakespeare.

    • Triple-vote Republic


      “The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” John Jay, T’
      Chief Justice U.S. supreme Court, 1789

      As a JUROR in a trial setting, when it comes to your individual vote of innocent or guilty, you are truly answerable to GOD ALMIGHTY. The First Amendment to the Constitution was born out of this great concept. However, judges of today refuse to inform JURORS of their RIGHTS.

      “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.” Corinthians 3:17

      Rights Come From God!


      • Guest

        @Jury Rights
        Having myself recently served on a federal jury in an armed robbery/bank robbery case, I have NO IDEA AT ALL what you are trying to say…I didn’t see your God Almighty in the courtroom, just 12 bewildered jurors trying to sort thru a ton of physical and testimonial evidence. The judge DID inform us that we had the RIGHT to get a box lunch at the court house commissary, however…


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