I understand that jury duty, for many, is an unwanted waste of time.
<yoda> But “civic duty”, it is, for you </yoda>
Denver’s Susan Cole wanted out of her jury duty so badly she put on quite a show for the judge and was successful for getting out the assignment straightway. And that would have been the end of it, but Susan decided she needed to call into a local radio show and brag about her accomplishment.
Cole showed up for jury duty in a get up that included by her own description, “I put black eyebrows on, red lipstick on, left my hair in curlers and wore a tee shirt that read ‘Ask Me About My Best Seller,’ I put my lipstick on like someone who really didn’t know how to put lipstick on.” She also says that she told prosecutors that she suffered from post-tramatic stress from her time in the military, had been homeless and was the victim of domestic violence. She was dismissed from the case on the spot.
Juror number 4361 can now wear her reindeer socks and crazy makeup to another court hearing as she’s been charged with perjury and attempting to influence a public servant (both Class 4 felonies). Police became aware of Cole after she called the Dave Logan Show and bragged about the event during a segment about jury duty. The judge she’d fooled was listening to that show and an investigation to find her began.
- Caller charged after bragging about avoiding jury duty (foxnews.com)
- Woman admits faking mental illness to avoid jury duty; now charged with perjury (news.yahoo.com)
- Charge: Colo. woman faked PTSD to duck jury duty (hosted.ap.org)