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A Jury Of One's Peers

Small town life definitely has its perks, but there are some unexpected drawbacks to living in a place where everyone knows your name. Take, for instance, Shelter Island's difficulty in assembling a jury for an upcoming criminal trial. Because everybody there seems to know at least one person involved in the case, the court is forced to call upon "off-islanders" to potentially serve on the jury. On the plus side, the case will most likely be done in a day. The negative? Perspective jurors will need to shell out $15 to pay for the ferry. [SI Reporter]