Natsios-Voir-Dire

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Natsios-Voir-Dire

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voir dire \,’vwär,’di( )r\ n [AF, fr. OF, to say the truth, fr. voir

true, truth (fr. L. verum, fr. neut. of verus true) + dire to say, fr. L

dicere]: a preliminary examination to determine the competency

of a witness or juror

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary

Daniel Patrick Moynihan US Courthouse

500 Pearl Street

1

Supreme Court of the State of New York

60 Centre Street

Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse

40 Centre Street

Metropolitan Correctional Center

150 Park Row

2

3

4

4

3

2

1

7

6

NYPD Headquarters

One Police Plaza

5

5

Chatham Green residential complex

164, 185 and 215 Park Row

6

Chatham Towers residential complex

180 Park Row

7

Map 1b

500 Pearl Street courthouse(1) surrounded by One Police Plaza Security Zone

INTRODUCTION

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan US Courthouse at

500 Pearl Street lies at the epicenter of a controversial

proposal to try accused 9/11 perpetrators in the court

system located mere blocks from Ground Zero.

A frequent venue for high-profile trials, the

Moynihan federal courthouse serves the Southern

District of New York, offering unique perspectives into

the archaeologies and genealogies that underpin the

production of justice in New York City’s contested spaces.

The courthouse is among juridical infrastructures

enmeshed in the state of exception imposed after 9/11

by the NYPD One Police Plaza security perimeter. Such

a persistent state of emergency invites an interrogation

of the Civic Center’s architectures of adjudication. Like

voir dire itself, our inquiry examines the sustainability of

impartial deliberations in an adversarial city.

v.01Feb12


Deborah Natsios / Cryptome NEW YORK VOIR DIRE: INTERROGATING THE JURIDICAL CITY STATE OF EXCEPTION

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