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San Joaquin County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Peter Saiers sounded almost smug upon learning that three state appellate justices had concluded that he had not, in fact, called their court a “kangaroo court” during a 2005 hearing. “I’m glad they got it right,” Saiers said dryly, with an occasional chuckle, during a recent trial break. California’s 3d District Court of Appeal had chastised Saiers for telling a prosecutor who refused to dismiss a strike count during a plea hearing, “Oh, that’s right. You can’t offend the kangaroos up there in kangaroo court.” The 3d District concluded that it had been the object of that cut, and accused Saiers of violating judicial canons. District Attorney James Willett came to Saiers’ defense, explaining in a letter to the justices that the reference actually was to the prosecutors who set charging policy for his office under California’s three-strikes law. Furthermore, it was a joke and his team wasn’t offended. In the end, the appellate court said, it had decided to “take District Attorney Willett at his word.” “End of story,” Justice Rick Sims wrote.- THE RECORDER To juror, with love It’s not like per diem rates are going up, but the long-suffering American juror at least will gain a measure of appreciation in September when the U.S. Postal Service debuts a stamp commemorating jury duty. The stamp features a veritable rainbow coalition in profile to emphasize “that under the U.S. Constitution, the American jury system guarantees citizens the right to a trial by a jury of their peers,” the Postal Service said in a written statement. The statement describes the jury system’s roots during the reign of England’s King Henry II, the emergence of the grand jury system in 1166 and the jury’s enshrinement in the Magna Carta, which established that “no freeman shall be taken or imprisoned . . . except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” The Postal Service noted the jury’s role in fomenting the American Revolution, when the British staged juryless trials after colonial panels balked at convicting critics of the crown. If contemporary juries think they’ve got it rough, they should consider that until 1825, the English government could deprive jurors of their property and liberty if they returned an “untrue verdict.” A postage stamp might not fully compensate for the indignities of jury service. But it could brighten up that summons when it comes. -STAFF REPORTS No hard feelings IF SHE EVER runs across the thief who pinched the purse containing her will and other valuables, Joanne Robinson would probably greet the guilty party with a hug. That’s how grateful the 71-year-old Wichita, Kan., woman feels after getting back the purse and all its contents, including $12,000 worth of bonds and two rings, which disappeared months ago as she shopped at a supermarket. The items arrived by mail in a box that also contained a note from the thief apologizing and asking for forgiveness. Robinson called a news conference so that she could publicly thank the person who returned the belongings. A note read: “I found this purse and at the time, I was desperate for money. There was $89.20 exactly-including all change. There is a money order for that amount. It won’t make up for your anxiety over your temporary loss. I’m SORRY. Please forgive me!!!” Done, Robinson said. “I just want to say that I’ve forgiven him and God’s forgiven him,” Robinson said. “Sometimes people are desperate. I’ve been desperate, too. Maybe he had kids to feed.” - ASSOCIATED PRESS

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