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Congrats to newly elected Justice of the Peace Jessamyn West!
November 7, 2012 11:44 AM   Subscribe

So does this mean that the next Great MetaFilter Enspousening will be an IRL mass-wedding held in Braintree, Vermont?
posted by Jacqueline to MetaFilter-Related at 11:44 AM (114 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

now the banhammer is a gavel
posted by The Whelk at 11:46 AM on November 7, 2012 [16 favorites]


Congratulations, jessamyn! Expect..customers?
posted by wierdo at 11:46 AM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Congrats, Jessamyn! People who hold local office are the workhorses of democracy who make all the little things in our communities work -- thank you for your willingness to serve!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:47 AM on November 7, 2012 [31 favorites]


Justice of the Peace sounds very Old West, as though Jessamyn will be hunting down cattle rustlers.
posted by leotrotsky at 11:47 AM on November 7, 2012 [12 favorites]



Justice of the Peace sounds very Old West, as though Jessamyn will be hunting down cattle rustlers.


A Town Called Metafilter.
posted by The Whelk at 11:49 AM on November 7, 2012 [22 favorites]


Now Jessamyn will stop shouting at me on Facebook for jumping the gun.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:49 AM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah she was getting a bit GRRRRR about that in chat. But now - muchos besos, Justice Jessamyn!
posted by Mister_A at 11:52 AM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks! I literally just got the news as I was walking to my other job (doing computer drop-in time stuff) because I walked by the town hall and saw the results. I "won" by 15 votes, though I could have, at any point, campaigned and probably finished better. It's not really the sort of thing people campaign for. I'm sort of happy about it, I've been trying to get more involved in my real-life community and this seemed like a good way to do it that didn't involve early morning meetings or an unreasonable time commitment. For people who aren't quite sure what a JP does, there is this handy guide. I really don't know much about it, just that I wanted to help out, the Democrats (who I am not officially aligned with but pretty ideologically aligned with) wanted to run someone, or many someones, and I offered.

Now Jessamyn will stop shouting at me on Facebook for jumping the gun.

That was you? I can't keep real life and MeFi-life names together sometimes.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:53 AM on November 7, 2012 [25 favorites]


Justice West, if you're nasty.
posted by subbes at 11:53 AM on November 7, 2012 [12 favorites]


Congratulations, jessamyn! You're awesome to do this good civic work.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:53 AM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I've been trying to get more involved in my real-life community and this seemed like a good way to do it that...

Great idea and congrats!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:57 AM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


WHERE IS THE FANCY SASH
posted by elizardbits at 11:59 AM on November 7, 2012 [9 favorites]


Also I assume a bejeweled (bedazzled!) scepter is somehow involved.
posted by elizardbits at 11:59 AM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I know pronounce you BANNED FOR LIFE
posted by backseatpilot at 12:01 PM on November 7, 2012 [22 favorites]


Congratulations!

For real, last night when we were at a bar watching the returns come in, we wondered if it would be possible (in the legal sense) to get married in Vermont so that you can marry us, because how awesome would that be? Really awesome!

But first we have to figure out if it's a thing that can be done, because it probably depends a lot on if VT recognizes our already-married state as granted by California and Canada.

And congratulations! Again! Because this is great.
posted by rtha at 12:01 PM on November 7, 2012 [8 favorites]


This is neat and all but just wait till I run for Pope.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:01 PM on November 7, 2012 [36 favorites]


That was you? I can't keep real life and MeFi-life names together sometimes.

This also explains why you wouldn't let me borrow the car.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:01 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


cortex you just want the fancy hat.
posted by elizardbits at 12:03 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also, as Pope, he would get to keep not wearing pants.
posted by rtha at 12:04 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Also I believe the shoes are quite sassy.
posted by elizardbits at 12:07 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Civic responsibility is the new hotness
posted by The Whelk at 12:08 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Been there, done that--was arranged and attended by a metafiltarian, though I do not believe either bride was a member.
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:08 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder how many marriage officiants there are on here! I actually just performed the ceremony for two mefites getting married a couple of weeks ago.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:20 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


You don't have to be coy about our union Greg
posted by The Whelk at 12:21 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


DON'T YOU JUDGE ME!

I'm special.
posted by MuffinMan at 12:21 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I know pronounce you BANNED FOR LIFE

something something banns of marriage

Congratulations!
posted by zamboni at 12:22 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's so nifty! Congrats, Jessamyn :)
posted by DarlingBri at 12:23 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


JP's can administer oaths in VT. Calvin Coolidge's father was a Vermont Justice of the Peace and swore in his son when Warren Harding died in California. (Though apparently there was then some question about whether this met the federal requirements and he was sworn in again by Adolph A. Hoehling, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
posted by Jahaza at 12:24 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Can we replace Jessamyn's staff badge with one that says justice?


FOR GREAT JUSTICE of the peace
posted by schmod at 12:28 PM on November 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


Congratulations!
posted by deborah at 12:29 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


JW:JP. I think Matt needs to give jessamyn her star back.
posted by arcticseal at 12:30 PM on November 7, 2012 [13 favorites]


cortex you just want the fancy hat.

IT'S CALLED A MITRE
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:32 PM on November 7, 2012 [21 favorites]


I can't decide if I want a Fallout New vegas old west town with jessamyn as the Justice or a Firefly/Serenity old western type town
posted by The Whelk at 12:32 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


"JW:JP. I think Matt needs to give jessamyn her star back."

I think she should have to get elected Sheriff first. :P
posted by Jacqueline at 12:33 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations jessamyn!

Wait, does a Justice of the Peace automatically become a sea captain or does it only work the other way around?
posted by griphus at 12:44 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


This is neat and all but just wait till I run for Pope.

Then we can fight over whether the smoke signals from the Metafilter Conclave are gray or brown!
posted by scody at 12:45 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]

...the Democrats (who I am not officially aligned with but pretty ideologically aligned with) wanted to run someone, or many someones, and I offered.
That's how my brother wound up on his local town council. He answered an ad from the Democrats asking for someone to run...
posted by Karmakaze at 12:47 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is neat and all but just wait till I run for Pope.

Don't you think you should finish building the Vatican first?
posted by m@f at 12:50 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


congrats!
posted by juv3nal at 12:50 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


"cortex you just want the fancy hat.

IT'S CALLED A MITRE
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:32 PM on November 7 "

Do not settle for a mitre! Any bishop can wear one. Insist on the triple tiara as described by Wikipedia.

The papal tiara is a crown that was worn by popes of the Roman Catholic Church from perhaps as early as the 8th century to the 20th. It was last used by Pope Paul VI. The three-tiered form that it took in the 14th century is known as the triple tiara, the triple crown or the triregnum (Latin).[1]

From 1143 to 1963, the papal tiara was solemnly placed on the pope's head during a papal coronation. The surviving papal tiaras are all in the triple form, the oldest being of 1572, and the others no earlier than 1800
posted by Cranberry at 12:53 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Wow! Congratulations! The voters chose wisely.
posted by homunculus at 1:00 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Damn yeah that triregnum is the hotness!
posted by Mister_A at 1:10 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


THE WISDOM OF THE VOTERS HAS BEEN PROVEN AGAIN.

congrats!
posted by rmd1023 at 1:11 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations, Jessamyn!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 1:38 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congrats!
posted by batmonkey at 1:43 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


YAY JESSAMYN! Which I said in the chat, but was apparently somewhat premature with, so for real this time, YAY!
posted by WidgetAlley at 1:43 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Go, young West woman!

Now, getting banned by jessamyn might merely presage one's nuptials.

(Not that I can recall you banning anyone other than spammers, jessamyn.)
posted by jamjam at 1:54 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


cortex: IT'S CALLED A MITRE

Is that pronounced mee-tur or my-tur?

Congrats, Jessamyn! Justice of the Peace is such a lovely title it doubles as a first line in a haiku.

  Justice of the Peace
stops by a pond while a leaf
  breaks through the tension.

posted by Kattullus at 2:18 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Need suggestions for my tumblr...

JUSTISSAMYN
justicejessamyn
maplesyrupjustice
vermontpeacejustice
treehousejustice
peacehammer
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:20 PM on November 7, 2012 [14 favorites]


maplesyrupsjustice gets my vote, as would you if I lived in Vermont.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 2:26 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


peacehammer!
posted by slkinsey at 2:30 PM on November 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


Justice West does have a certain Deadwood feel to it...

Congrats!
posted by ceribus peribus at 2:34 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


PEACE HAMMER
posted by The Whelk at 2:35 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Congratulations Jessamyn!

(*tries to ignore automatic mental image of Jessamyn as a Judge Dredd figure *)
posted by philipy at 2:35 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


This coolest part about this is that you can be a notary public for FREE! WOOO!

/nerd
posted by two lights above the sea at 2:37 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The electorate didn't so much as vote for jessamyn as favourite her.
posted by arcticseal at 2:52 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


cortex you just want the fancy hat.

IT'S CALLED A MITRE


I initially read this as "IT'S CALLED AMIRITE."
posted by decathecting at 2:58 PM on November 7, 2012 [17 favorites]


OneJusticeSomePeace

DoHaveAHammer
posted by jamjam at 2:58 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Congratulations, jessamyn! Last night I had a moment of wondering if any Vermont news source would be putting results online for those type of elections, but I figured naaaah.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 3:34 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations.
It is interesting how the duties of a JP differ from country to country and state to state.
posted by adamvasco at 3:59 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huh, seems my brother failed to make the cut. Although he lives in Chittenden County, so perhaps he didn't campaign much.

My brother is also a Boston city councillor, former Congressman, fake lawyer, and a serial killer. So I guess his schedule's pretty full.
posted by maryr at 4:21 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


IT'S CALLED A MITRE

You know you can just buy those, right?
posted by KathrynT at 5:00 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


What will you wear to marry people???

Think of the possibilities!
posted by jgirl at 5:18 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


There is no justice, there's just - oh yeah, there's Jessamyn.
posted by Pronoiac at 5:19 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


justiceofthepeeps ? Congrats!
posted by peagood at 5:20 PM on November 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


You know you can just buy those, right?

You can also get Pope socks too. What a world we live in.
posted by zachlipton at 5:21 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was checking out the handy Justice of the Peace guide last night after discussion and congratulations in the MeFi chat, and came across this bit:
A 1779 law provided that a justice could try any action in which the matter in demand or fine did not exceed ten pounds, or corporal punishment exceed ten lashes. It wasn’t until 1974 that the general assembly removed all judicial powers from the office."
Darn General Assembly. I thought we were gonna be able to start lashing spammers!
posted by zachlipton at 5:29 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Very cool, congratulations!
maplesyrupjustice

I wonder how many marriage officiants there are on here! I actually just performed the ceremony for two mefites getting married a couple of weeks ago.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:20 PM on November 7 [2 favorites]


I am ULC ordained and have done three weddings so far in and around Baltimore, MD with another planned for next spring. Hoping to maybe get in on some post-Question 6 enspousening some time. Will work (and travel!) for open bar.

posted by zoinks at 5:30 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


My brother is also a Boston city councillor, former Congressman, fake lawyer, and a serial killer.

When he complains about having such a common name, does he say "It's Mike Ross to bear."?
posted by benito.strauss at 5:30 PM on November 7, 2012 [18 favorites]


Very cool - congrats!
posted by bizzyb at 5:31 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations from me (your fellow anarchist) too!
posted by languagehat at 5:44 PM on November 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Congrats, jessamyn! For your new tumblr, how about:

paxhammer
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 6:00 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


peacehammer

and congrats!
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:21 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jess of the Peace, yes, this makes sense and is well deserved.

Congralutations!!
posted by infini at 6:31 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]



Need suggestions for my tumblr...

JusPeace here thanks!
posted by infini at 6:32 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


When he complains about having such a common name, does he say "It's Mike Ross to bear."?

No, but for a while in middle school he went by Michael instead of Mike because a jerk at school was calling him My Crotch.
posted by maryr at 6:35 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Something something BANNHAMMER
posted by unSane at 6:36 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


You can finally pass judgement on the correct pronunciation of MeFite, and we cannot argue with you.
posted by davejay at 7:14 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


JUSTISSAMYN

That wins by being far too much fun to say.
posted by flaterik at 7:24 PM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


But it looks too much like "I'm just sayin..." to me.
posted by maryr at 7:30 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


If cortex wins we'll have the church weddings taken care of, I suppose.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:44 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations. Does this mean we start referring to Jessamyn as MetaFilter's Own?
posted by Mitheral at 9:19 PM on November 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Throwing my vote in for Peace Hammer! (exclamation mark)
posted by Packed Lunch at 12:22 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congrats.

Need suggestions for my tumblr...

Have hammer, will ban?
posted by MartinWisse at 12:55 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


JessticeOfThePeace
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:57 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations!

(You vote for JPs there?)
posted by Mezentian at 3:05 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


(oh, and I realize I forgot to say-Congratulations!)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:45 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


MY PEAS DEMAND JUSTICE!
posted by not_on_display at 4:59 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


congrats, pea sammer
posted by waraw at 6:46 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations Jessamyn!

@TheWhelk: your choices would be more Currier and Ives or Peyton Place (yes, I KNOW that was set in NH) ;-).
posted by brujita at 6:53 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yay! *1 vote for JUSTISSAMYN*
posted by nile_red at 7:01 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations Jessamyn!

Jesstice?

This is neat and all but just wait till I run for Pope.
posted by cortex


Good luck for your campaign! Also, I will argue that it is not too early to start shitting in the woods.
posted by Anything at 8:13 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Start?
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:34 AM on November 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


And of course, congratulations Vermont! :)
posted by Anything at 8:34 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait... is cortex campaigning to be a bear? I thought it was Pope.
posted by philipy at 8:36 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


You don't need to campaign for bear.
posted by Anything at 8:39 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


VOTE FOR BEER!!

MORE BEER HEER!!2!1
posted by infini at 8:48 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


How about a wiki page to list all MeFites authorized to perform marriages?
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:14 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder how many marriage officiants there are on here! I actually just performed the ceremony for two mefites getting married a couple of weeks ago.

I know that a friend of mine and occasional mefite epsilon is an officiant in Maine and was a big supporter of Question 1 there.

Additionally, of course many many congratulations to Jessamyn, and it couldn't have been an easy one to win coming last alphabetically (I don't know Braintree or its ballots but the results seem to indicate that played a big factor, which is pretty standard.)

Great job! The government is a little bit better now.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:25 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to be just like Justice Jessamyn when I grow up.

Congratulations!
posted by Skygazer at 10:58 AM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


For some reason the dot on the map shows me in Braintree when I really live in Randolph (I typed in just my zip code) but I am the JoP for all of Orange County which is sort of great. They announced most of the results in the town paper today and Randolph had 77% of their registered voters cast a ballot. Not only did I win by only 15 votes, but the school merger (should our town and the two smaller towns create a unified school district) didn't pass by 15 votes. Exciting times.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:11 PM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congrats to a fellow Vermonter, Jessamyn.

Just wondering: did any other Mefites get elected to anything this week? Perhaps at MetaTalk inquiry is in order?
posted by beagle at 1:00 PM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


we wondered if it would be possible (in the legal sense) to get married in Vermont so that you can marry us, because how awesome would that be? Really awesome!

I will totally attend this wedding.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:25 PM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Congratulations! Please arrange me a nice MetaFilter spouse please. That's what you're doing, right?
posted by theredpen at 3:34 PM on November 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


How much does it cost to get hitched by Justice of the Peace West, anyway?
posted by Skygazer at 4:14 PM on November 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


For real, last night when we were at a bar watching the returns come in, we wondered if it would be possible (in the legal sense) to get married in Vermont so that you can marry us, because how awesome would that be? Really awesome!

You should ask Nimmie Amee and thomasbrobber how being married by a mefite (sambosambo) is working out for them. (I think they'd say it was awesome.)
posted by madcaptenor at 5:07 PM on November 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


You should ask Nimmie Amee and thomasbrobber how being married by a mefite (sambosambo) is working out for them. (I think they'd say it was awesome.)

Indeed we would. I keep trying to convince sambosambo that wedding officiating is his calling in life.
posted by Nimmie Amee at 5:17 PM on November 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


I married a current MeFite to her husband, but that was before either of us were part of the Metafilter Hive. Yay Universal Life Church!
posted by rmd1023 at 6:04 PM on November 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Belatedly, I hope you all clicked on that PDF Jessamyn posted. It proved unexpectedly hilarious. I thought the engraving was going to be the high point, but then there was the story, including this:

Spafford prevailed, Stannard was appointed, and
Spafford was not above needling Chittenden about how the
right decision had been made.

"Well, well," replied the Governor, "I don't know but
you have — he is a strange creature. I really believe he will
make a better justice of the peace than I think he will."


Who knew that the first governor of VT was Yogi Berra!

Anyway, congratulations on becoming one of those strange creatures.
posted by wintersweet at 5:51 PM on November 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Congratulations, Jessamyn! And I vote for maplesyrupjustice, for sure.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:29 AM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I went with a pretty straightforward VermontJP URL for now since the really obvious and/or fun one were taken. Not much there yet, but I've been learning more about the JP process both here and in other states. So far it's pretty interesting.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:15 PM on November 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


jess, I think the link on your tumblr to more information on that JPs do is borked.
posted by rtha at 1:20 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks. Repaired.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:59 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think you should make your appointed rounds in a Lawgivers outfit -- just for a little dramatic flair.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:36 PM on November 10, 2012


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