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The History of Law, As told by Ed Bradley and Diane Sawyer

This TVNewser is doing his civic duty, having been summoned for jury duty today. The jury assembly room in the 1927 Supreme Court of the State of New York building has wifi, which is nice. And the friendly jury lady got a round of applause when she announced she had lobbied to replace the hard wooden benches with comfy chairs. Also nice.

There’s also an introductory video about the history of law — serious, ancient history — as well the juror process. While newer than those wooden benches, the video must be at least 15 years old as it is hosted by Ed Bradley, the “60 Minutes” correspondent who died in 2006 and by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, who appeared to be between shoots for “Primetime LIVE!”, half expecting Sam Donaldson to jump in front of the camera.

I haven’t summoned the courage to ask the nice jury lady how old the video is, for fear of being marked as a wise-ass and then put on a 10-week trial. Damn. My name was just called.

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