Saturday, July 27, 2019
Cost Of Kansas City Civic Engagement Rising
For those poor souls who haven't seen it, 12 Angry Men might represent a far too romanticized version of the court system but the cinema classic still represents the quintessential American ideal for those who respect their obligations as citizens. At the very least, it's more entertaining than the horrible Jackson County jury intro video featuring a cavalcade of local celebs.
The movie is worth revisiting now & then if only to realize how much current social media Internets content pales by comparison and to lament that opposing views no longer debate or discover with with one another but instead exist in their own respective bubbles and/or media outlets. Even (especially???) on this blog, a great many d-bag readers seem locked into personal bickering and trolling rather than actually discussing the merits of ideas.
All of this connects locally to a low-profile but important recent local legislative action . . .
Examiner: Jackson County raising pay for jurors
"The County Legislature this week signed off on a plan presented by the courts to raise daily pay of those seated on a jury from $6 to $18. It takes effect Aug. 1. The low pay has been a point of concern for some time, and some solutions have been proposed in the Missouri General Assembly.“I will say $6 is embarrassing,” said County Legislature Chair Theresa Galvin, R-Lee’s Summit.Jackson County . . ."
Accordingly . . .
Very much like the new 25K reward for homicide tips that lead to an arrest touted by KCPD, this juror pay increase is less important than it seems. Believe it or not, for people who take jury duty seriously (hehe doody) or want to turn in murderers stalking local streets . . . The cash is the LEAST important motivator.
Nevertheless, the urge for politicos to throw money at a problem persists when it's clear that residents willing to put themselves out there in order to make this town a better place aren't doing it for the money.
You decide . . .