First Woman Jurors in the State Courts
Vineyard Gazette
For the first time in the history of the commonwealth, women sat on the jury of state court as superior court convened in Edgartown Tuesday for a three-day September term. Women were represented on both of the juries impaneled at the session.
 
Women have sat on juries in federal courts in this state, but so far as any state court is concerned, the Vineyard this week made history. Both Judge Vincent Brogna of Newton, who presided, and District Attorney Maurice M. Lyons of New Bedford, made formal recognition of this fact.
 
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County Commissioners’ Court
Vineyard Gazette
On Wednesday the Court of County Commissioners for Dukes, met at the Selectmen’s Room in the Town Hall. Hon. Thomas H. Lambert, having taken the customary oath, took his seat with the board. Hon. Benjamin Davis was re-elected Chairman.
 
The following order was passed and the read by the Clerk: -
 
Dukes County, ss. In Court of County Commissioners, November Term, by adjournment, to February 3d, 1858.
 
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Humor Helps Lighten the Weight of the Bench
Steve Myrick

The Hon. Gary Nickerson’s journey has taken him to the district attorney’s office, the U.S. attorney’s office, private practice and personal injury lawyer, and finally a judgeship.

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Ailing Edgartown Courthouse Set for Upgrade
Steve Myrick

Prodded by a superior court judge, the Dukes County commission this week approved funds to restore wheelchair access to the courthouse.

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Edgartown Courthouse Access for People with Disabilities Found Severely Lacking
Steve Myrick

At the Edgartown courthouse, access for people with handicaps is severely lacking. The only wheelchair ramp is in disrepair. The wheelchair lift on the stairs leading to the courtroom has been broken for months.

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County Warned of Fire Safety Issues at Courthouse in 2001
Steve Myrick

Fire protection problems at the Edgartown courthouse have been known since at least 2001, when a state report recommended upgrades to increase safety in the 1856 brick building.

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Fire Drill at Courthouse Turns Up Long List of Deficiencies
Steve Myrick
An inspection at the Edgartown courthouse has turned up serious deficiencies in fire safety, including an emergency exit door that was locked and impassable.
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Judge Tucker Brings New Dignity To Sessions of Island Court
Joseph B. White
A man and woman charges recently with sleeping in Ocean Park, a violation of Oak Bluffs law, came before the Dukes county district court judge Herbert E. Tucker, Jr. and were ordered to pay a $25 fine. The told Judge Tucker they needed until 1 p.m. that afternoon to pay.
 
At 1 p.m., the couple did not show appear. They had gone home to Fairhaven.
 
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Walking the Path of History, One Deed at a Time
Alex Elvin
After 21 years, Dianne Powers will retire this fall from the Edgartown registry of deeds. Lately she has been sharing her office with Honey Bee, the youngest of her four Great Danes.
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Chief Justice Pays Farewell Visit to Edgartown Courthouse
Ivy Ashe

After nearly 30 years on the bench, the Hon. Barbara J. Rouse, chief justice of the Massachusetts superior court, retires in December. Her farewell tour included a stop last week on the Vineyard, where she spoke with high school history students.

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