Craig Medred’s Creepy Jury Duty Coverage

The Alaska Dispatch should be ashamed of themselves. Friday, Craig Medred took his rabid anti-Palin bias into Joe McGinniss territory by filing a report regarding Governor Palin’s jury service. He wrote (emphasis):

The first day of the Sarah Palin jury watch passed with this simple recorded message to those called for jury duty: “Your services will not be needed on Friday, June 24.”

Excuse me… “Sarah Palin jury watch?” What’s next, Sarah Palin dental visit watch? This is what the Alaska Dispatch considers “news?”

Next, Medred tunes into his psychic powers to write:

Those in the Palmer jury pool, which Palin has indicated include her, are to call back Friday night to find out about “possible service on Monday, June 27.

While Governor Palin may have jury service in Palmer, she never indicated as such, and she never stated when her service began, so how would Medred know when she was supposed to report? Considering that Alaska will not release information about jurors to the public, it’s painfully obvious that Medred was just guessing about the date.

Governor Palin’s full statement regarding  her jury service indicates that she never indicated time nor place:

Imagine our surprise when reading media reports today that the “One Nation Tour” has been cancelled. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, wait, that’s because it hasn’t been cancelled. (Good ol’ media… you never cease to amaze!)

As I said myself at the end of the east coast leg of the tour, the summer is long, and I’m looking forward to hitting the open road again. The coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.

I wouldn’t think it to be such a slow news day that, what with numerous wars and serious economic woes concerning Americans, a bus is driving news stories today. The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes. In the meantime, no one should jump to conclusions – certainly not the media with their long track record of getting things wrong or just making things up.

Medred then goes on to show readers that he actually did do a little research for this ridiculous article. He writes:

The jury procedure in Alaska is to send jury duty notices to a small army of people. They are given a pool number. If there pool number is called, they are to report to the court house to await possible selection to a jury.

It is rare to get picked, and a half-dozen attorneys queried by Alaska Dispatch said that they would immediately move to waive Palin if she was actually called to sit on a jury.

As one of them put it, no one would want to bring to the courtroom the circus that seems to follow in the wake of the former Alaska governor these days.

Given my line of work, I am also waived as a potential juror, every time. Although in California where the system is much different, the process only takes an hour or so to go through, but I digress.

As far as the  “circus that seems to follow in the wake of the former Alaska governor” goes… Hey Craig, that attorney was talking about you.


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