There’s dumb. There’s dumber. There’s dumbest. And there’s Seth Rogovoy.

The Court: As close as we can get to sacred in civil life.

Yesterday, The Planet got wind of Rogovoy’s twittering from the jury box. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Conor Berry of the Berkshire Eagle, who covered the trial, disputes that Rogovoy was twittering from the jury box itself, as in literally. The Planet agrees and never contended that. Our use of the phrase “twittering from the jury box” is explained in our “Comments” note below, responding to Berry’s posting there.] Anybody with a Twitter account could read the Fedora Man’s comments about being a jurist. One of our readers sent us the dope (the info, not Rogovoy). We decided PCBs were more important than the editor of the only magazine in history printed on pages of fake foi gras. Cheez Whiz for the upper crust. We refer, of course, to the ever-thinner, vomit inducing  Berkshire Living magazine. We therefore let it be.

Today, the Boring Broadsheet, late as always (the story was reported earlier in Springfield and Hartford) included details of the Rogo Boy’s dumb move from the jury box. What, didn’t Rogovoy watch episodes of “Perry Mason” as a kid? We did. We know that you don’t mess around in court. That’s sacred civil ground.

Superior Court Judge John Agostini gave Rogs a right-quick lesson in jurisprudence. Agostini ruled, rightly, that when a twit Twitters about a trial while he’s a member of that trial’s jury, the twit deserves the boot. Agostini ruled Rogovoy’s vapid messages violated the judge’s instructions, orders, that jurors could not discuss the case.

That idiot’s move stopped deliberations, putting a kink in the trial. Who knows, now, what effect that will have on everybody in that courtroom, particularly the other remaining jurors plus the one substitute who must now step in. Mess with a trial’s proceedings, and you are messing with the foundations of our republic.

The case wasn’t mickey mouse stuff. The case concerns charges of child abuse against a former priest. Two former altar voice are the plaintiffs. Rogocop told the Eagle his Twittering had “absolutely nothing to do with this particular trial in particular.” We shoot adjectives like “absolutely” and “particular” on sight. “Absolutely nothing”? “this particular trial”? Guilty.

One of this genius’ message on Twitter: “Sucks that you can’t tweet from the jury box. What’s the fun in that.”

Rogovoy, it may “suck,” and it may ruin your “fun,” but while you were sitting on that panel, you held a man’s life in your hands. It is good that you are bounced and cannot weigh in on the man’s fate, because you would be incapable of rendering an objective judgment. Your idiotic twittering proves that.

The Planet holds the courts in highest respect. Our judicial system has flaws, but at least this country conducts court proceedings in the open. Our entire democratic system rests in large part of this openness. It’s just that “open proceedings” can never include something as stupid as twittering.

We served on a jury, foreman in fact, on a case in January 2007. We listened to the testimony as best we could, followed the judge’s instructions, and took on the heavy responsibility of finding someone guilt or not guilty. We played it straight, soberly, and with the greatest respect. Serving on a jury is a task that allows NO monkey business.

BERKSHIRE LIVING: Fire your editor for making a mockery of the courts.

Rogovoy apparently takes his responsibility as a juror as another hoot, sort of like writing or commissioning the suck-up articles routinely posts in Foo Foo Living magazine. His bosses there must demand his immediate resignation for this embarrassment. Tell him to take his Fedora, his peteryarrow zither music, and his kiss-up celebrity worship and go back to writing obits. Friends, please send the owners of Berkshire Living this opinion, if you agree with The Planet. If you disagree, let US know.

Ye, The Planet realizes we just blew our chances of ever appearing in Foo Foo Living. Smart, ain’t it, in a method-to-our-madness way. For the day we are profiled there or have a byline there is the day when we shall return to our farm in Essex and keep bees for the rest of our lives.


  1. Angela
    February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Seth, Seth, Seth. What are we going to do with you?

    Help us to help you.

    And by the way, I’ve got a good lead on a handsome couple from NYC who raise Afghan Poodles.

    You want it? It’s yours.

    Call me.

  2. Jim Gleason
    February 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    This clown was a critic of some sort for the Beagle in years past. Iread one of his articles and found it so pretentious that I never read any of his material again. Now he pulls a bonehead move like this as a juror on a serious case. S

  3. Jim Gleason
    February 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    My post got sent by mistake. As I was saying, Sucks you can’t twitter from the jury box? Sucks we can’t send you to jail for contempt.

  4. GMHeller
    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Why the surprise at Seth Rogovoy’s egocentric behavior?
    We all know that the world revolves around self-righteous, breast-beating Liberals like Mr. Rogovoy.
    His action on the jury merely confirms this.

  5. Paulson
    February 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Here’s what angers me about this stunt of Rogvoy. He was sitting on a case involving alleged child molestation. It deserved the utmost sobriety and seriousness. He stopped the deliberations as this story said. That should be considered contempt of court. I hope this finishes his career in the Berkshires.

  6. angela
    February 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    GM: Why is everything political to you?

    As a Liberal, I’m here to tell you that Mr. Rogovoy’s boneheadedness has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with is his boney head.

    I Do wish the best for him. We all do dopey things, and nowadays these dopey things get inflated beyond their carrying capacity.

    Having said that, I wish someone would chuck a few fart bomb into Berkshire Living’s offices.

  7. DJ
    February 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    I heard he did it on purpose as he had been trying to get out of jury duty in the first place and didn’t. What a moron!

  8. just saying
    February 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Pretty sad, shows what a true Berkshire Liberal/rules only apply to the Little person, POS thinks.
    Rogo boy: your reviews suck, and so do you. Lib trash.

  9. Ron Kitterman
    February 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    The Bill O’Reilly pinhead or patriot award goes to Rogovoy for the biggest pinhead in the Berkshires. Mr Valenti is a Patriot for bringing this to our attention. I can not wait to see his paper in the doctor’s office or the dentist’s office to throw it away. The Judge should have thrown him in jail for contempt of court. Sad that Rogovoy gets more coverage than a child molesting former priest, but those are the times we live in.

  10. Conor Berry
    February 11, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    Mr. Valenti,

    In fairness to Mr. Rogovoy, he did NOT tweet from the jury box, as you’ve stated here. The messages were sent after hours from his home, apparently, not while he was sitting in the box. That would have been instantly noticed by court officers, considering Rogovoy was seated front and center in the bottom row, and jurors can’t bring any electronic devices into the courtroom.

    In terms of the “Boring Broadsheet” getting scooped by “Hartford” and “Springfield,” I don’t know where you got that info. Eagle managing editor Kevin Moran posted an item about the “Rogovoy Incident” just minutes after it happened. How do I know this? Because photographer Ben Garver and I both phoned this information into Kevin (just like the old days, remember?), who quickly got it up online.

    You can dislike and mock the paper all you like, but at least be sure your criticism is accurate.

    Conor Berry

    • danvalenti
      February 11, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      When I served as foreman of a jury in January 2007, the judge told us that when we left the courthouse, we were to consider that we were “still in the jury box.” That is the sense I used the term.
      Second, when I said the BB got scooped, I stand corrected. Thank you.
      Third, I love reporting that harkens back to “the old days.”
      Fourth, my criticisms of the BB are accurate, in terms of the performance of the newspaper in failing to live up to its obligations of the community.
      Fifth, I enjoy your work. Why, though, did the paper muzzle you on the Massimiano and Stracuzzi coverage?
      Sixth, please, to my colleagues, it’s Dan. Chuck the Mr. Valenti stuff.
      Seventh, if you or anyone from the paper wants to debate me about the role of a daily newspaper in a community, and if the Eagle has done Pittsfield well since 1995 but especially since David Scribner left as editor, I’m game.
      Eighth, appreciate the feedback.

      • danvalenti
        February 11, 2011 at 8:11 am #

        PS TO CONOR
        Why was the identity of Rogovoy buried at the end of the jump to A3. Rogovoy’s antics became the story at that point, unfortunately. Did anyone order you to bury it? I’m not saying they did, but I would like to know.

  11. Angela
    February 11, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    His Tweeting offense is overblown.

    Still, someone needs to chuck fart bombs into the offices of Berkshire Living.

  12. Bob
    February 11, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Dan Sounds to me your Jealous of Seth!! What he did was stupid but I think there is more to the story of why you dislike him so much? Please inform us or stop slandering this man!! PS I enjy Berkshire Living

  13. No Reply
    February 11, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Come uppance for The Fedoraed One. I ahve received about five years of “final” free sample issues of what mr. valenti calls (LOL) Foo Foo Living. That magazine bugged me from the start. it’s not the Berkshires at all it’s a fantasy that doesn’t exist of the berkshires. Then I see this pretentious picture of Rogoboy in the Fedora. Ugh. I was angry enough to have learned a juror was sending messages but when I found out it was that idiot I was steaming. Thanks, dan, for giving us the REAL story. The Eagle tried to hide it.

  14. Still wondering
    February 11, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    So the Eagle really does keep an eye on this blog. Speaks volumes.

  15. Mike
    February 11, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    When you parade around in a hat like that the public is just waiting for you to fuck up.

  16. Bob
    February 11, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Dan you have not answered why you dislike Seth… Whats with the name calling? It can’t be just the Tweets. Please give us the whole story. Did he steal your girl in high school? Call your Momma names? Get a reporting job over you? Whats the story?????

    • danvalenti
      February 11, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      i do not dislike Rogovoy, at all. I dislike his magazine. I dislike what that he sent tweets about a serious case in which he had been asked to decide the fate of a man’s life. He once did a profile of me in the Eagle, and he did a fine job. So you see, I love the man. I don’t love what he did. That’s the “whole story.”

  17. GMHeller
    February 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Has anyone interviewed Seth Rogovoy to inquire of his rationale in willfully violating Judge Agostini’s charge to the jury?
    Was there an urgent situation that required Mr. Rogovoy’s emergency Twits?
    If Mr. Rogovoy failed to comprehend what appears to have been a simple instruction from the judge, what else about the criminal trial upon which he sat as juror did Mr. Rogovoy fail to understand?
    If Mr. Rogovoy is having difficulty following a judge’s simple instructions and the rationale behind those instructions, then it begs the question of just how he manages to function as a news editor at Berkshire Living.

  18. just saying
    February 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    First, yes Dan V does fall into the Patriot category.
    Second, BL magazine has always appeared to me to be aimed at a readership that is most likely NOT native to the County. Seems it is directed @ the wealthy who regard BC as a play ground. As a native who’s household would fit into the “middle” middle class, we have some money to play with, yet the majority of highlights in BL are targeted at those who can easily afford entertainment that is over priced.
    Yes we like the rare Tanglewood venture, some of the more expensive eaterys etc. However BL hardly reflects the life of an average BC resident.
    That said, is there a market for a publication aimed at the average BC yearround citizen? Perhaps, let’s see if any are forthcoming.

    • Bob
      February 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      Berkshire Living does not aim for readers that Blog this site, Thats for sure!! Its aimed at readers who have a life!!!

      • danvalenti
        February 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

        It’s aimed at readers who want other readers to think they have a “life” similar to the people depicted in the palatial prisons within its pages.

      • just saying
        February 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

        @ Bob:

        And that would make you….what? Do tell troll!

        • Bob
          February 13, 2011 at 6:25 am #

          I read this for laughs