|Jackson County Courthouse|
Sadly, dogs are not allowed to be on juries. I think it would be fun to spend several days hanging out with 11 other dogs and snoozing in a courtroom, but I guess I won't get the chance to do that.
Anyway, since Mom was eager to do her part for the justice system, she made us all get up early so she could go do jury duty. And also she was required by law to show up, or else she would get a big fine and maybe have to go to jail or something bad like that.
|Andrew Jackson riding a horse|
in front of the Courthouse
This means that Mom will have to go back to the courthouse today and sit through the trial, and then she has to go again tomorrow and do something called "deliberations." I hate it that she will be away from home so much, but she says it is only for three days, so we dogs can survive it. Yesterday Nicky peed in his belly band and got it all soaking wet, and someone else peed in the back part of the kitchen. Mom thinks it was me, but I plead the fifth amendment, which is something that people do sometimes when they are in a courtroom. Today Mom is taking Nicky to doggy daycare, but the rest of us are staying here at home.
Mom is not supposed to talk about the court case that her jury will be hearing, so she wouldn't tell me anything much about it. But she did say that it is a civil case, which means that no crime was committed, and nobody will be going to jail when the case is over. But somebody might get some money from the other party if they win the case. Also Mom said there are no dogs involved in the case, so I think this means it will be pretty boring.
|Art Deco grill on front of Courthouse|
|1936 photo of Courthouse and City Hall,|
which is also Art Deco style
Art Deco was invented in Paris in the 1920s, and it was kind of a mix of styles with a lot of geometric shapes that look elegant and stylish. There are a whole bunch of historic styles mixed up together to make Art Deco, like for example Greco-Roman, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, African, and Aztec.
At the time the Jackson County Courthouse was built, Harry S Truman was the presiding judge of the Jackson County Court, and he had a lot to say about what the courthouse should look like. He had an office in the building for most of the time he was a U.S. Senator, which was from 1935 to 1939.