Posted at 9:47 AM on July 19, 2011
by Paul Tosto
You can't escape the shutdown! MPR News reporter Tom Weber sent us these observations from his recent call to jury duty.
Turns out, judge Kathleen Gearin -- the special master during the state's shutdown -- has been in the limelight before. Or rather, she's in the limelight every week across the state.
Whenever you report for jury service -- anywhere in the state -- all potential jurors have to watch a video about how the judicial system works.
It's a cheesy but informative video -- think of it as the judicial branch's version of the pre-flight instruction spiel everyone gets aboard airplanes -- and it happened to have been filmed in Ramsey County.
I know this tidbit because I was called to serve last week.
There I sat, in the windowless basement of the Ramsey County Courthouse, learning all about this branch of government and my role in it, and just as the drama of the video finally reaches the courtroom, who should be cast in the starring role as 'the judge?' Kathleen Gearin.
Check out the video here.