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Ceil
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Posted - 04/01/2008 :  7:00:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I emailed our county courthouse and they said no sharp objects. But bamboo needles, esp. the thin ones I use, always get through TSA at the airports without question.

How different is security at a courthouse?

Ceil

NastiJ
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Posted - 04/01/2008 :  7:43:20 PM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
it's different - even if you make it through the screening, they will see you knitting and take them away. TSA regs don't apply.

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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Calamintha
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Posted - 04/01/2008 :  10:19:31 PM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I took a sock on wooden dpns when I had jury duty and didn't have any problems at all. They didn't get confiscated at the door and I sat in the room where you wait to get called and knitted and no one said anything to me about it. You might want to take something like that along and ask the security guard at the door. You can always put them back in your car if they say no.
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Atavistic
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Posted - 04/01/2008 :  10:22:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Depends on where you live. I don't think any of us can definitively say what will happen in YOUR city/county.

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Sara Sue
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Posted - 04/01/2008 :  11:48:00 PM  Show Profile Send Sara Sue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I went to a courtroom hearing as a spectator with a newspaper tucked under my arm to read during the recesses. The judge noticed it and announced from the bench - no reading during the proceedings - so a lot depends on him too.
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AthenaToo
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  06:06:55 AM  Show Profile Send AthenaToo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It varies from court to court. A few years ago I got jury summons for both federal and county court within the same week!

I was able to bring knitting to federal court in Philadelphia, but but they were expressly forbidden in a county court. Luckily I was excused from county court.

Athena knitting in PA
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Janbie
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  06:18:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Janbie's Homepage Send Janbie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, I agree with everyone else and just think it depends on where you live.

I tried to take some knitting here in Colorado to jury duty last year. Unfortunately, I took these small pointy bamboo ones (probably #5 or #6) and they wouldn't let me take them in. But it was OK to take the plastic #10s. When I went to the waiting room, I realized I only had one of these needles and ended up not being able to do my WIP.

Luckily I was dismissed early!

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of troy
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  06:46:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit of troy's Homepage Send of troy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup it is totally county dependant!

IN NYC (5 different state counties!) there are five different sets of rules!

and there are different rules for civil court than criminal, and different rules for regular jury duty and grand jury duty.

there is no telling what will or won't be permitted!



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PBELKNAP
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  06:56:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have Jury Duty in May...I may just avoid the whole issue by bringing a book to read instead, even though I'll probably go into yarn withdrawal by noon <LOL>.

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SR5Rfan
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  07:03:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit SR5Rfan's Homepage Send SR5Rfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I had Jury Duty in Los Angeles County (CA), knitting needles were the first thing on the list of "don't bring" items. You can call your courthouse and ask.

Beth
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gwtreece
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  07:19:50 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had jury duty for San Joaquin County, CA. The main courthouse in Stockton, no needles. The court house that they have in Lodi, could care less.

Wanda
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Monkachia
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  07:52:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Monkachia's Homepage Send Monkachia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't be surprised...it can depend on their mood too. I think someone posted that their needles were allowed one day and not the next. Or maybe it was overlooked accidentally the first day.
If I were in the jury I would absolutely need something to keep me awake. I even fall asleep during company meetings where there are only 4 or 5 people right in front of me. Not good.

Chia

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Jaknit
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  11:08:57 AM  Show Profile Send Jaknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No way in San Diego. Everything is x-rayed. We are not allowed to chew gum!

Jan
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miele
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  11:12:35 AM  Show Profile Send miele a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not in Stamford CT courthouse! I was sent back to my car with them, which was a drag because to get back in I had to get back in the security (cattle) line.
Ellen
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Calamintha
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  11:57:21 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did call ahead of time and ask the county jury commisioner's office and they had no idea whether or not knitting needles were allowed! So that's why I took them along just in case. If you have an item that is not the prohibited list it probably would be up to the individual screener to decide. The wooden dpns I had were size 6 I think as I was using a worsted weight yarn for the socks.

By the way an important point is that I would not recommend anyone actually try to knit in the courtroom itself. Most judges that I have seen are very determined that everyone including spectators will give their full attention to the proceedings even before the trial during the Voir Dire where they interview the prospective jurors. However, you can spend hours in the jury waiting room waiting to be called for a trial and that is where you would be able to knit assuming knitting needles are allowed.
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Diane
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Posted - 04/02/2008 :  8:25:17 PM  Show Profile Send Diane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently served in the Maryland suburbs of DC, and either something was in the stuff they sent or on the website. I was able to bring wood needles but no metal ones. I agree with Calamintha.....I knitted in the waiting room, but not during the juror interviews.
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queenmaxine
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  10:38:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit queenmaxine's Homepage Send queenmaxine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In Houston, the letter that arrives notifying you of your time specifically says (or did last year at least) no knitting needles.

My blog is not strictly knitting, but there are occasional WIP updates and frustration or bragging rants as I am a new knitter.

www.nolanoni.blogspot.com
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Susan T-O
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  7:30:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also served in Los Angeles County, and I was allowed to take in both my needles (DPN's) AND a drop spindle. I got there early & checked w/the security folk at the door so that I had time to take them back to the car if I was told no. The guard said both the needles and the spindle were OK because they were wood.

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Ceil
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  11:06:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The last time I had jury duty (in Adams County Colorado, Janbie), I wound up sitting in a "holding tank" room for a few hours. Oh no, I would never knit in a courtroom. I just want something to do while I'm waiting to be called, using size 1 or 2 bamboo dpns.

It sounds like "reactions" run the gamut! Thanks for the advice/warnings.

Ceil
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TracyKnits
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Posted - 04/09/2008 :  10:34:10 AM  Show Profile Send TracyKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also was called for jury duty in LA county. Knitting needles were on the list of things you could not bring. I brought a hat on small wooden circulars and no one said a word. I spent 7 hours waiting to see if I would be chosen and worked on the hat the whole time. I did get there early enough so that I could take my knitting back to the car if needed, but it wasn't a problem.
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Kathleen-NYC
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USA
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Posted - 04/09/2008 :  11:48:25 AM  Show Profile Send Kathleen-NYC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just got a summons for US Dist. Court in NYC and "cell phone" is the only thing listed that you can't bring with you.

Knitting needles really aren't any more dangerous than a ball point pen would be!
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